Instrument development and validation of a quality scale for historical research papers (QSHRP): a pilot study

Kelly, Jacinta and Watson, Roger (2014) Instrument development and validation of a quality scale for historical research papers (QSHRP): a pilot study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70 (12). pp. 2964-2967. ISSN 1365-2648

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Aim: To report a pilot study for the development and validation of an instrument to measure quality in historical research papers. Background: There are no set criteria to assess historical papers published in nursing journals. Design: A three phase mixed method sequential confirmatory design. Methods: In 2012, we used a three-phase approach to item generation and content evaluation. In phase 1, we consulted nursing historians using an online survey comprising three open-ended questions and revised the items. In phase 2, we evaluated the revised items for relevance with expert historians using a 4-point Likert scale and Content Validity Index calculation. In phase 3, we conducted reliability testing of the instrument using a 3-point Likert scale. Results: In phase 1, 121 responses were generated via the online survey and revised to 40 interrogatively phrased items. In phase 2, five items with an Item Content Validity Index score of ≥0·7 remained. In phase 3, responses from historians resulted in 100% agreement to questions 1, 2 and 4 and 89% and 78%, respectively, to questions 3 and 5. Conclusion: Items for the QSHRP have been identified, content validated and reliability tested. This scale improves on previous scales, which over-emphasized source criticism. However, a full-scale study is needed with nursing historians to increase its robustness

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: historical research papers, instrument development, midwifery, nursing, pilot, quality, validation
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2016 09:10
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022 14:25

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