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Translation and psychometric evaluation of a French version of the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale

Mabire, Cedric
Büla, Christophe
Morin, Diane
Blanc, Genevieve
Goulet, Celine
Published in Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2015, vol. 24, p. 2983–2992
Abstract Aims and objectives. To evaluate the reliability and the factor structure of the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale – French version. Background. The patient’s perspective is essential when assessing risk for adverse events at hospital discharge. Developed in the USA, the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale is the only instrument that measures an individual’s self-perception of readiness before leaving the hospital. A French version of the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale was developed and validated. Design. Cross-sectional study. Methods. A convenience sample of 265 older inpatients from four medical units was selected. The translation and cultural adaptation of the scale involved experts in gerontology and the French language and included back translation. The items were semantically evaluated and pretested in 10 older inpatients. The scale’s psychometric properties were internally validated by using confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses. Reliability was assessed by examining the internal consistency of its items. Results. Goodness-of-fit indices of the confirmatory factor analyses were not adequate, but reliability was acceptable (Cronbach’s a = 0_80). Exploratory factor analysis of the French version provided results close to those described for the English version, with three similar subscales (physical and emotional readiness, coping with medical treatment and personal care), whereas the initially described Expected Support subscale was not identified in the French version. Conclusion. The Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale – French version appears to be partially consistent with its original English version, but requires additional adaptation to fully take into account the Swiss context and culture to achieve its original aim. Relevance to clinical practice. Assessing patient readiness for hospital discharge before leaving hospital could help nurses to improve the discharge planning process and achieve better patient preparedness and care coordination.
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Other version: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/jocn.12937
Research group Evaluation psychométrique et différences individuelles (EPEDI)
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MABIRE, Cedric et al. Translation and psychometric evaluation of a French version of the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale. In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2015, vol. 24, p. 2983–2992. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:75538

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