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A preliminary evaluation of the Visual CARE Measure for use by Allied Health Professionals with children and their parents

Citation
Place M, Murphy J, Duncan E, Reid J & Mercer SW (2016) A preliminary evaluation of the Visual CARE Measure for use by Allied Health Professionals with children and their parents, Journal of Child Health Care, 20 (1), pp. 55-67.

Abstract
The Consultation and Relational Empathy (CARE) Measure (Mercer et al., 2004) is a patient-rated experience measure of practitioner empathy, developed and validated within adult health services. This study reports the feasibility, acceptability, reliability and validity of three adapted versions of the original CARE measure for the paediatric setting, namely the Visual CARE Measure 5Q, 10Q and 10Q Parent (also known as the Paediatric CARE Measure). Three hundred and sixty-nine participants (N = 149 children (40%) and N = 220 parents (60%)) completed the measure following consultation with an Allied Health Professional (AHP). AHPs felt it was feasible to use the measure in routine practice and the majority of children and parents found the measure easy to understand (98%) and complete (98%). Internal reliability (Cronbach's α) was .746 for the 5Q, .926 for the 10Q and .963 for the 10Q parent. Few participants used the ‘not applicable' response (N = 28 (8%)), suggesting high content validity. AHPs found the measures relevant (95%) and useful (90%) and reported that they were likely to use them again (96%). The Visual CARE Measure shows promise as a useful tool to enable children and their parents to give their views. Further research on the tool's reliability and validity is required.

Keywords
Children’s participation; evidence-based practice; professional development; quality of care; therapeutic relationships

StatusPublished
AuthorsPlace Morag, Murphy Joan, Duncan Edward, Reid Jane, Mercer Stewart W
Publication date03/2016
Publication date online28/10/2014
PublisherSAGE
ISSN 1367-4935
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Journal of Child Health Care: Volume 20, Issue 1

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