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A suggested revision of the Ward Atmosphere Scale.

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Source
Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2003 Nov;108(5):374-80
Publication Type
Article
Date
Nov-2003
Author
J I Røssberg
S. Friis
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry, Ullevål University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. j.i.rxssberg@psykiatri.uio.no
Source
Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2003 Nov;108(5):374-80
Date
Nov-2003
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult
Aggression - psychology
Anger
Attitude of Health Personnel
Female
Hospitals, University
Humans
Inpatients - psychology
Interprofessional Relations
Male
Norway
Patient Satisfaction - statistics & numerical data
Professional-Patient Relations
Psychiatric Department, Hospital
Psychometrics
Psychotic Disorders - psychology - therapy
Quality Assurance, Health Care - statistics & numerical data
Reproducibility of Results
Social Behavior
Social Environment
Social Support
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: In a previous study, we have suggested a revision of the Anger/Aggression and the Spontaneity subscales. The main aim of this study was to re-evaluate the psychometric properties of the other eight subscales of the Ward Atmosphere Scale. METHOD: A total of 550 patients and 822 staff members on 54 psychiatric wards for psychotic patients completed the WAS and the Good Milieu Index (GMI). We calculated Cronbach's alpha, the Corrected Item Total subscale Correlation, subscale intercorrelations and the correlation between subscales and GMI. RESULTS: By removing a total of 16 items, the psychometric properties improved. The revised subscales had acceptable psychometrics and gave a clearer picture of the relationship between the perceived level of patient satisfaction and the WAS subscale scores. CONCLUSION: The revision suggested in this study 'modernized' several of the subscales. We suggest that this revision is implemented in the future use of the WAS.
PubMed ID
14531758 View in PubMed
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