Validation of the professional practice environment scale in Australian general practice

Halcomb, Elizabeth J., Davidson, Patricia M., Caldwell, Belinda, Salamonson, Yenna and Rolley, John X. 2010, Validation of the professional practice environment scale in Australian general practice, Journal of nursing scholarship, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 207-213, doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2010.01349.x.

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Title Validation of the professional practice environment scale in Australian general practice
Author(s) Halcomb, Elizabeth J.
Davidson, Patricia M.
Caldwell, Belinda
Salamonson, Yenna
Rolley, John X.
Journal name Journal of nursing scholarship
Volume number 42
Issue number 2
Start page 207
End page 213
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1547-5069
Keyword(s) professional practice environment
general practice
Summary Purpose: To validate the Professional Practice Environment Scale (PPE) in Australian general practice. Methods: The PPE was modified slightly for appropriateness for the practice setting and administered to a sample of 342 Australian general practice nurses via an online survey tool. The factor structure of the 38-item PPE was examined using principal components analysis with Varimax rotation. Findings: An eight-factor solution accounted for 71.6% of the variance. Low factor loading (<0.3) or cross-component loadings were detected in eight items. A comparison of Cronbach's alpha values demonstrated little change in the deletion of eight items from four of the eight related components. Conclusions: Findings demonstrated that a 30-item version of the PPE was reliable and valid for use to assess the professional practice environment of nurses working in Australian general practice. Clinical Relevance: A tool to measure the professional practice environment in general practice is important as it will assist in monitoring the impact of the work environment on the recruitment, retention, and satisfaction of nurses in this setting.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2010.01349.x
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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