Validation of the needs assessment for advanced lung cancer patients (NA-ALCP)

Schofield, Penelope, Gough, Karla, Ugalde, Anna, Dolling, Lara, Aranda, Sanchia and Sanson-Fisher, Rob 2012, Validation of the needs assessment for advanced lung cancer patients (NA-ALCP), Psycho-oncology, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 451-455, doi: 10.1002/pon.1902.

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Title Validation of the needs assessment for advanced lung cancer patients (NA-ALCP)
Author(s) Schofield, Penelope
Gough, Karla
Ugalde, AnnaORCID iD for Ugalde, Anna
Dolling, Lara
Aranda, Sanchia
Sanson-Fisher, Rob
Journal name Psycho-oncology
Volume number 21
Issue number 4
Start page 451
End page 455
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2012-04
ISSN 1057-9249
Summary Objective: The Needs Assessment for Advanced Cancer Patients (NA-ACP) is a 132-item self-report questionnaire designed to assess the seven needs domains of patients with advanced, incurable cancer. This study aimed to evaluate the short derivative form of that questionnaire with advanced lung cancer patients.

Methods: Item factor loadings, item test–retest data and response distributions were used to retain or reject items from the original NA-ACP scale. This resulted in 38 items being maintained, preserving the original subscales. The response scale was simplified following feedback from patients. 108 people with advanced lung cancer completed the shortened NA-ALCP along with measures of psychological distress (HADS, DT) and quality of life (EORTC QLQ-C30). A-priori predictions were made for divergent and convergent validity.

Results: Internal consistency coefficients were satisfactory for six of seven subscales, range 0.71–0.95. Correlations between NA-ALCP and HADS, DT and EORTC-QLQ-C30 provided support for 11 of the 22 divergent (r = 0.13–0.27) and convergent predictions (r = 0.45–0.71).

Conclusions: Subscales of the NA-ALCP demonstrated internal reliability consistent with the original scale. Results provided supporting evidence for divergent and convergent validity. This study indicates that the NA-ALCP is psychometrically robust, easily understood and one-quarter the length of the original version
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/pon.1902
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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