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Int J Nurs Stud. 1990;27(1):61-75.

The QUALCARE Scale: developing an instrument to measure quality of home care.

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University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson 85721.

Abstract

In previous research, the theoretical and methodological problems associated with operationalizing elder abuse have been multiple. The QUALCARE Scale was developed in response to the documented problems. The scale is an observational rating scale designed to quantify the quality of family caregiving to home-dwelling elders in six areas: physical, medical management, psychosocial, environmental, human rights and financial. The scale is a 53 item scale in a Likert type format. The QUALCARE Scale is completed by professional nurses after a nursing assessment of the degree to which the caregiver meets the needs of the elder in the six dimensions. The nursing assessment involves both observations and verbal data gathering. In this paper, the development of the scale and the methodological issues associated with scale development are discussed.

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