BACKGROUND: The trend of increasing numbers of terminally ill patients hospitalized in general wards requires nursing staff to be able to provide palliative care (PC). The self-efficacy (SE) to provide PC was found to be a leading factor predicting future professional behavior. There is no tool in the Hebrew language to evaluate SE for symptoms management and provision of psychosocial care within the PC.
OBJECTIVES: To validate a Hebrew version of the "Palliative Care Self-Efficacy Scale )PCSES)" among nursing staff employed in various hospital wards.
METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed among nursing staff employed at four Israeli hospitals in oncology, internal medicine, surgical and emergency care wards.
RESULTS: The PCSES questionnaire was translated into Hebrew and was completed by 588 nurses. Cronbach's alpha coefficients for the translated tool were high: 0.89 for the tool as a whole, 0.82 for the scale regarding ability to deal with questions regarding end-of-life care, and 0.85 for the symptoms management scale. As in the original tool, two factors that in combination explain 58.6% of the variance were found: ability to deal with questions regarding end-of-life care (46.43%) and symptoms management (12.2%).
CONCLUSIONS: The psychometric characteristics of this tool demonstrate that it can be used to estimate SE in providing PC among nurses employed in various hospital wards.
DISCUSSION: This tool should be used and evaluated among additional professionals involved in providing PC. It should also be tested as a method to identify changes in SE over time.
|Translated title of the contribution||An instrument to assess hospital nurses' perceived self-efficacy in providing palliative end-of-life care: a validation study|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - May 2022|