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Development and preliminary validation of a new measure to assess satisfaction with information among head and neck cancer patients: The satisfaction with cancer information profile (SCIP)

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  • Carrie D. Llewellyn PhD,

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    1. Health Psychology Section, Division of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry (Guy's Campus),5th Floor, King's College, University of London, Thomas-Guy House, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT, UK
    • Health Psychology Section, Division of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry (Guy's Campus),5th Floor, King's College, University of London, Thomas-Guy House, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT, UK
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  • Robert Horne PhD,

    1. Centre for Health Care Research (CHCR), Postgraduate Medical School, University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom
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  • Mark McGurk MD,

    1. Department of Oral Surgery, Guy's Hospital NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom
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  • John Weinman PhD

    1. Health Psychology Section, Division of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry (Guy's Campus),5th Floor, King's College, University of London, Thomas-Guy House, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT, UK
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Abstract

Background.

Our objective was to develop and examine the psychometric properties of the Satisfaction With Cancer Information Profile (SCIP), a new measure designed to assess the extent to which patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) are satisfied with information received about their treatment.

Methods.

Patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) from 4 hospitals in the UK completed the SCIP before treatment and again 1 month after treatment. Psychometric properties of the measure were evaluated: internal consistency, subscale intercorrelations, discriminant validity, concurrent validity, and predictive validity. The responsiveness of the measure to change and ease of completion was also assessed.

Results.

The SCIP performed well on all the psychometric tests; level of satisfaction with information was related to a number of key outcomes and patient beliefs, demonstrating criterion-related validity.

Conclusions.

The SCIP was developed to assess HNC patient satisfaction with treatment information and has demonstrated good reliability and validity. This measure may prove appropriate for use with patients with different types of cancer due to its applicability with a variety of treatment modalities. Preliminary psychometric testing has demonstrated its potential for use in routine clinical settings and research settings as a predictive tool or for audit, in addition to assessing individual patient satisfaction with information. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 28:540–548, 2006

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