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Heart Lung. 2014 Nov-Dec;43(6):494-9. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2014.07.001. Epub 2014 Aug 7.

The Greek version of the 9-item European Heart Failure Self-care Behaviour Scale: a multidimensional or a uni-dimensional scale?

Author information

1
Nursing Department, School of Health Sciences, Cyprus University of Technology, 15 Vragadinou Str., 3041 Limassol, Cyprus. Electronic address: ekaterini.lambrinou@cut.ac.cy.
2
Nursing Department, School of Health Sciences, Cyprus University of Technology, 15 Vragadinou Str., 3041 Limassol, Cyprus.
3
Department of Health Science, School of Sciences, European University Cyprus, 6, Diogenes Str., Engomi, P.O. Box 22006, 1516 Nicosia, Cyprus.
4
Faculty of Nursing, University of Athens, 123 Papadiamantopoulou Str., Goudi, Athens 11527, Greece.
5
Cardiology Department, American Medical Center/American Heart Institute, Cyprus.
6
Cardiology Department, Larnaca General Hospital, 1 Pandoras, Larnaca, Cyprus.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the dimensionality of the Greek version of the European Heart Failure Self-care Behaviour Scale (Gr9-EHFScBS) in a Greek-Cypriot population.

BACKGROUND:

EHFScBS is a valid and reliable scale which is widely used for assessing heart failure (HF) patients' self-care behaviors.

METHODS:

EHFScBS was translated into Greek and was administered to 128 Greek-Cypriot HF patients. The internal consistency, construct validity and discriminant validity of the scale were assessed.

RESULTS:

Confirmatory factor analysis failed to capture the proposed theoretical structure. Further exploratory factor analysis provided a three-factor solution accounting for 53.35% of the variance, though the scale is better used as a whole. Cronbach's alpha was moderate 0.66, but deletion of any item decreased the alpha coefficient. Discriminant validity was supported by the poor correlation between EHFScBS and Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire scores.

CONCLUSION:

Even though results do not conform to the multidimensionality of the scale, assessment of the tool provided acceptable validity and reliability measures to support its usage among Greek speaking populations.

KEYWORDS:

European heart failure self-care behaviour scale; Heart failure; Psychometric properties; Questionnaire; Self-care

PMID:
25109661
DOI:
10.1016/j.hrtlng.2014.07.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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