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Several academic and clinical disciplines are involved in clarifying the concept of aggression by formulating operational and descriptive definitions. In the present paper the validity of the definitions of aggression, reported by nurses in an earlier qualitative study, is examined, using a survey approach among nurses of five general psychiatric hospitals(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability and utility of the Care Dependency Scale (CDS). This 15-item scale has been developed recently for assessing the care dependency of demented or mentally handicapped inpatients. Data for this study were collected from 153 demented and 139 mentally handicapped inpatients. The sample was measured three(More)
PURPOSE For chronically ill persons it is assumed that they make heavy demands on health care services. In the literature one hardly finds any publications to substantiate or refute this assumption. The main purpose of our study is to describe the health care utilization of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the Netherlands and its relationships with(More)
This paper describes the results of a study determining construct validity aspects of the Nursing Care Dependency (NCD) Scale. This 15-item instrument has been developed recently for the assessment of the care dependency of dementia or learning-disabled inpatients. Data was collected for 450 dementia and 203 learning-disabled patients using the NCD(More)
The unidimensionality and cumulativeness of the subscales Health Perceptions, Mental Health, Physical Pain, and Social Functioning of the MOS Short-form General Health Survey were investigated using the Mokken Scale Analysis for Polychotomous Items (MSP). From the analyses, two unidimensional, cumulative subscales appeared, Health Perceptions including the(More)
Objective: In this article, psychometric properties both of the total RAND-36 and of its subscales, such as unidimensionality, differential item functioning (DIF or item bias), homogeneity and reliabilities, are examined. Methods: The data from populations with three chronic illnesses, multiple sclerosis (n = 448), rheumatism (n = 336) and COPD (n = 259),(More)
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