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The Healthcare Conflict Scale: development, validation and reliability testing of a tool for use across clinical settings

Forbat L, Mnatzaganian G & Barclay S (2019) The Healthcare Conflict Scale: development, validation and reliability testing of a tool for use across clinical settings. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 33 (6), pp. 680-688.

Despite the widespread incidence of conflict and its detrimental impact across a range of health-care settings, there is no validated tool with which to measure it. This paper describes the international innovation of a tool to measure staff-family conflict in pediatrics, intensive care, emergency, palliative care, and nursing homes. Sixty-two health-care workers contributed to focus group discussions to refine a draft tool developed from the literature. Subsequently, 101 health-care workers applied the tool to fictionalized vignettes. The psychometric properties (construct validity, internal consistency, repeatability, and reliability) were explored using principal component analysis, Cronbach’s alpha, and intra-class correlation (ICC) tests. The initial 17-item tool was reduced to seven items within three factors that explained 70.2% of the total variance in overarching construct. The internal consistency of the final overall scale was good (Cronbach’s alpha: 0.750); test–retest reliability of each item was excellent with ICCs ≥0.9. This new tool can be used to identify and score conflict, making it a key reference point in healthcare conflict work across clinical specialties. It's development and testing across specialities and across countries means it can be used in a variety of contexts. The tool provides health-care professionals with a new way to identify and measure conflict, and consequently has the potential to transform health-care relationships across disciplines and settings.

Conflict; construct validity; health services research; principal component analysis; reliability; tool

Journal of Interprofessional Care: Volume 33, Issue 6

Author(s)Forbat, Liz; Mnatzaganian, George; Barclay, Sarah
FundersAardvark TMC
Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online21/04/2019
Date accepted by journal25/02/2019
PublisherInforma UK Limited
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