Revision and Psychometric Properties of the Caring Assessment Tool

Joanne R. Duffy, Barbara B. Brewer, Michael T. Weaver

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Evaluation of the Caring Assessment Tool (CAT) is essential for its use in the monitoring and ongoing improvement of patient-nurse relationships. This descriptive, prospective study evaluated the dimensionality and internal reliability of the instrument in a sample of hospitalized adults. In addition, reduction of items was achieved, lessening clinical and administrative burden. Data were collected from 1,111 patients in 12 U.S. hospitals in 4 geographically distinct regions. A single factor explained 73% of the variance in the construct and the number of items was reduced to 27. Internal consistency remained high (a =.97). Patient-nurse relationship data were collected safely and efficiently from hospitalized patients using a paper-and-pencil approach. The CAT holds promise for providing acute care registered nurses with the information they need to deliver reliable patient-centered care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-93
Number of pages14
JournalClinical nursing research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • acute care setting
  • medical surgical
  • nursing actions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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