Psychometric Properties of the Patients’ Satisfaction Instrument FAMCARE-P13 in a Palliative Care Unit

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Abstract

Purpose:

To investigate the psychometric properties of the Greek 13-item measure of patients’ satisfaction (FAMCARE-P13) in palliative care setting.

Methods:

A hundred patients completed the FAMCARE-P13. Exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) have been conducted. Two factors’ solution was revealed from CFA. The questionnaire was administered to an initial validation sample and then for test–retest in a sample of 40 patients 3 days later. The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale measuring global self-esteem has been also used as a gold standard for construct validity. Subscale and known groups validity have also been tested for FAMCARE-P13s’ validity.

Results:

A reduced 13-item version of our measure (FAMCARE-P13) possessed 2-factor structure with high reliability. Patient satisfaction was correlated with physical distress, communication and relationship with health-care providers, and caregiver satisfaction.

Conclusions:

We recommend the use of the Greek FAMCARE-P13 to assess care satisfaction of patients with advanced-stage cancer.

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