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Validating the Health Communication Assessment Tool©(HCAT)
Clinical Simulation in Nursing
  • Michael Pagano, Fairfield University
  • Eileen R O'Shea, Fairfield University
  • Suzanne H. Campbell
  • Leanne M. Currie
  • Elizabeth Chamberlin
  • Christopher A. Pates
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Background - Clinical simulations provide an opportunity to assess students' patient-centered communication. The purpose of this study was to further validate the Health Communication Assessment Tool© (HCAT) with international and interprofessional health care educators.

Methods - A total of 218 educators watched an online video of a simulation and assessed a student's communication behaviors using the HCAT.

Results - Exploratory factor analysis revealed a five-factor model. The average intraclass correlation of these factors was high (intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC] = 0.99), whereas the single-measure consistency ICC was moderate (ICC = 0.41).

Conclusions - Analysis of the HCAT using interprofessional, international simulation educators provided further evidence of the instrument's reliability and validity.


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Pagano, Michael P., Eileen R. O'Shea, Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, Leanne M. Currie, Elizabeth Chamberlin, and Christopher A. Pates. "Validating the Health Communication Assessment Tool©(HCAT)." Clinical Simulation in Nursing 11, no. 9 (2015): 402-410. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecns.2015.06.001
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Michael Pagano, Eileen R O'Shea, Suzanne H. Campbell, Leanne M. Currie, et al.. "Validating the Health Communication Assessment Tool©(HCAT)" Clinical Simulation in Nursing Vol. 11 Iss. 9 (2015)
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