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Psychometric Properties of an Australian Supportive Care Needs Assessment Tool for Indigenous Patients With Cancer

Garvey, Gail, Beesley, Vanessa L., Janda, Monica, O'Rourke, Peter K., He, Vincent Y. F., Hawkes, Anna L., Elston, Jacinta K., Green, Adele C., Cunningham, Joan and Valery, Patricia C. (2015). Psychometric Properties of an Australian Supportive Care Needs Assessment Tool for Indigenous Patients With Cancer. Cancer,121(17):3018-3026.

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Title Psychometric Properties of an Australian Supportive Care Needs Assessment Tool for Indigenous Patients With Cancer
Author Garvey, Gail
Beesley, Vanessa L.
Janda, Monica
O'Rourke, Peter K.
He, Vincent Y. F.
Hawkes, Anna L.
Elston, Jacinta K.
Green, Adele C.
Cunningham, Joan
Valery, Patricia C.
Journal Name Cancer
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 121
Issue Number 17
ISSN 0008-543X   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84939566605
Start Page 3018
End Page 3026
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract BACKGROUND
There are significant disparities in cancer outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Identifying the unmet supportive care needs of Indigenous Australians with cancer is imperative to improve their cancer care. The purpose of the current study was to test the psychometric properties of a supportive cancer care needs assessment tool for Indigenous people (SCNAT-IP) with cancer.

METHODS

The SCNAT-IP was administered to 248 Indigenous Australians diagnosed with a range of cancer types and stages, and who received treatment in 1 of 4 Queensland hospitals. All 39 items were assessed for ceiling and floor effects and were analyzed using exploratory factor analysis to determine construct validity. Identified factors were assessed for internal consistency and convergent validity to validated psychosocial tools.

RESULTS

Exploratory factor analysis revealed a 4-factor structure (physical and psychological, hospital care, information and communication, and practical and cultural needs) explaining 51% of the variance. Internal consistency of the 4 subscales was good, with Cronbach alpha reliability coefficients ranging from .70 to .89. Convergent validity was supported by significant correlations between the SCNAT-IP with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Distress Thermometer (correlation coefficient [r] = 0.60; P<.001) and the Cancer Worry Chart (r = 0.58; P<.001) and a moderately strong negative correlation with the Assessment of Quality of Life questionnaire (r = -0.56; P<.001).

CONCLUSIONS

These data provide initial support for the SCNAT-IP, a measure of multiple supportive care needs domains specific to Indigenous Australian patients with cancer undergoing treatment.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cncr.29433   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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