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Acta Paulista de Enfermagem

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LOPES, Juliana de Lima; NOGUEIRA-MARTINS, Luiz Antonio; ANDRADE, Alexsandro Luiz de  and  BARROS, Alba Lucia Bottura Leite de. Semantic differential scale for assessing perceptions of hospitalized patients about bathing. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.6, pp.815-820. ISSN 0103-2100.

OBJECTIVE: To construct and validate a semantic differential scale to assess patients' perceptions in regarding bathing. METHODS: The first stage consisted of constructing a scale, conforming to specific theoretical parameters, and the second stage consisted of factorial validation procedures and calculation of the measure of reliability coefficients. One hundred thirty patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit participated in the validation study. RESULTS: The resulting measure of semantic differential presented as a product of a two-dimensional scale with Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficients greater than 0.90. CONCLUSION: The scale can be considered a valid and reliable instrument for assessing patients' perceptions regarding showers and bed baths.

Keywords : Validation studies; Semantic differential; Perception; Baths; Inpatients; Intensive care units.

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