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Research program: incontinence measurement

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Abstract


  • Incontinence is a common health problem estimated to affect almost 4 million Australians. However, because of

    the personal nature of this problem, we know very little about the best way to measure patient symptoms and

    treatment outcomes. This research program attempts to redress this imbalance by applying psychometric

    methods to the assessment of this health condition and social phenomenon. In doing so we are also examining

    quality of life post-treatment, as well as patient satisfaction with the health services provided.

    The steps in this research program have involved systematically reviewing and evaluating instruments used

    internationally for the assessment of incontinence, and then field testing a number of these in an Australian

    community survey (N=3015). Following an examination of the psychometric properties of the items and scales

    two new instruments to assess incontinence were developed. These are the Revised Urinary Incontinence

    Scale and the Revised Faecal Incontinence Scale. The community survey data indicated that both measures

    have excellent psychometric properties and these measures are currently being trialled and further validated in

    clinical settings.

    A number of patient satisfaction measures (both generic and continence specific) were studied in a crosssectional

    survey of women who had treatment for urinary incontinence (N=184). The psychometric properties of

    these measures were examined as was their coverage of seven dimensions of patient satisfaction (Donabedian,

    1988). The Short Assessment of Patient Satisfaction scale (SAPS; seven items) was developed from

    consideration of both the psychometric properties of the items and the best fit to the model of patient

    satisfaction.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • N. Marosszeky & J. Sansoni, "Research program: incontinence measurement", Social Innovation Network Conference. University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, (2009) 21-21.

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Abstract


  • Incontinence is a common health problem estimated to affect almost 4 million Australians. However, because of

    the personal nature of this problem, we know very little about the best way to measure patient symptoms and

    treatment outcomes. This research program attempts to redress this imbalance by applying psychometric

    methods to the assessment of this health condition and social phenomenon. In doing so we are also examining

    quality of life post-treatment, as well as patient satisfaction with the health services provided.

    The steps in this research program have involved systematically reviewing and evaluating instruments used

    internationally for the assessment of incontinence, and then field testing a number of these in an Australian

    community survey (N=3015). Following an examination of the psychometric properties of the items and scales

    two new instruments to assess incontinence were developed. These are the Revised Urinary Incontinence

    Scale and the Revised Faecal Incontinence Scale. The community survey data indicated that both measures

    have excellent psychometric properties and these measures are currently being trialled and further validated in

    clinical settings.

    A number of patient satisfaction measures (both generic and continence specific) were studied in a crosssectional

    survey of women who had treatment for urinary incontinence (N=184). The psychometric properties of

    these measures were examined as was their coverage of seven dimensions of patient satisfaction (Donabedian,

    1988). The Short Assessment of Patient Satisfaction scale (SAPS; seven items) was developed from

    consideration of both the psychometric properties of the items and the best fit to the model of patient

    satisfaction.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • N. Marosszeky & J. Sansoni, "Research program: incontinence measurement", Social Innovation Network Conference. University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, (2009) 21-21.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1354&context=ahsri

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/ahsri/347

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