Health care-associated infections (HAIs) are leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Prevention of HAIs requires multifaceted approaches that consider the work environment in which interventions are implemented.Purpose:
This study assessed the construct validity of the Relational Coordination Survey (RCS) as a measure of the work environment in infection prevention departments.Methods:
Data were obtained from 614 infection preventionists (IPs). Factor analysis and structural equation modeling tested the hypothesized model.Results:
Cronbach's alpha for the 28-item RCS was .91. Factor analyses confirmed a four-factor solution that explained 58.17% of the variance. The fit indices for the model indicated an adequate fit, χ2(346) = 699.38, p < .00; comparative fit index = .94; root mean square error of approximation = .06.Conclusions:
The RCS may be a useful tool for measuring aspects of the work environment for IPs.