Psychometric Evaluation of the D-Catch, an Instrument to Measure the Accuracy of Nursing Documentation
To evaluate the psychometric properties of the D-Catch instrument.
A cross-sectional methodological study. Validity and reliability were estimated with confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and internal consistency and inter-rater reliability, respectively.
A sample of 250 nursing documentations was selected. CFA showed the adequacy of a 1-factor model (chronologically descriptive accuracy) with an outlier item (nursing diagnosis accuracy). Internal consistency and inter-rater reliability were adequate.
The D-Catch is a valid and reliable instrument for measuring the accuracy of nursing documentation. Caution is needed when measuring diagnostic accuracy since only one item measures this dimension.
Implications for nursing practice
The D-Catch can be used as an indicator of the accuracy of nursing documentation and the quality of nursing care.
D-Catch instrument; factor analysis; nursing documentation; nursing documentation accuracy; psychometrics.