Measuring feeding difficulty in patients with dementia: multivariate analysis of feeding problems, nursing intervention and indicators of feeding difficulty.

R Watson, I J Deary

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Abstract

The feeding difficulty of 196 elderly people with dementia was investigated by means of an 11-item questionnaire administered to nursing staff. The questionnaire was analysed by means of multivariate statistics, namely factor analysis. The factor analysis demonstrated that the original items could be reduced to three factors. These three factors were named: (a) patient obstinacy or passivity; (b) nursing intervention; and (c) indicator of feeding difficulty. This quantitative analysis confirms a previous qualitative distinction between items in the questionnaire and suggests avenues of research into the relationship between the factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-287
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume20
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1994

Keywords

  • BEHAVIOR

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