Neil H. Penny, Samantha J. Bires, Elizabeth A. Bonn, Alisha N. Dockery, Nicole L. Pettit; Moral Distress Scale for Occupational Therapists: Part 1. Instrument Development and Content Validity. Am J Occup Ther 2016;70(4):7004300020p1-7004300020p8. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2015.018358.
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OBJECTIVE. We describe the development of an instrument to measure moral distress experienced by occupational therapists and show how its content validity was established.
METHOD. Written comments (n = 78) from a previous survey using the Moral Distress Scale–Revised–Other Health Provider Adult were used to modify that instrument and create the Moral Distress Scale–Revised–Occupational Therapy–Adult Settings (MDS–R–OT[A]). The MDS–R–OT[A] was distributed to a nationwide random sample of 400 occupational therapists who rated the relevance of each item to their clinical practice.
RESULTS. A scale content validity index of 81.8% was found (geriatric = 81.5%, physical disability = 80.8%, combination of the two = 85.7%).
CONCLUSION. The MDS–R–OT[A] possesses acceptable content validity and is appropriate for use with occupational therapists working in geriatric or physical disability settings.
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