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Validity and reliability of the Perceived Readiness for Discharge After Birth Scale.
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PMID:  16466351     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the psychometric properties of a scale measuring mothers' perceptions of readiness for discharge after birth. DESIGN: Psychometric analyses including construct validity using factor analysis and known groups comparisons, predictive validity, and reliability. Data were collected at discharge and 6 weeks postdischarge. SETTING: Tertiary-level perinatal center in the Midwestern United States. PARTICIPANTS: 1,462 postpartum mothers. INTERVENTION: None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Perceived Readiness for Discharge After Birth Scale scores; subscale scores for personal status and knowledge factors. RESULTS: Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses indicated that the scale contained two factors. Perceived Readiness for Discharge After Birth Scale scores were lower for mothers who were breastfeeding, married, primiparous, and had a short hospital stay (less than 30 hours) than for their comparison groups. The Perceived Readiness for Discharge After Birth Scale personal status factor was predictive of self-reported physical and psychosocial problems and unscheduled utilization of health services in the first 6 weeks postpartum. The knowledge factor was predictive of postdischarge telephone calls to the pediatric provider. Reliability estimates ranged from 0.83 to 0.89 for the total scale and subscales. CONCLUSIONS: The Perceived Readiness for Discharge After Birth Scale performed well in psychometric testing. Assessing mothers' perceptions of readiness for discharge is important for measuring outcomes of hospitalization and for identifying mothers at risk for postdischarge problems.
Marianne E Weiss; Polly Ryan; Lisa Lokken
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2006 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-02-09     Completed Date:  2006-05-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  34-45     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Attitude to Health*
Breast Feeding / psychology
Delivery, Obstetric / methods,  psychology
Educational Status
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Health Services / utilization
Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
Longitudinal Studies
Marital Status
Midwestern United States
Mothers / education,  psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Nursing Assessment / methods*,  standards
Nursing Evaluation Research
Patient Discharge*
Postpartum Period / psychology*
Questionnaires / standards
Self Assessment (Psychology)*
Self Efficacy

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