Psychometric analysis of the brisbane practice environment measure (B-PEM)

Flint, Anndrea, Farrugia, Charles, Courtney, Mary and Webster, Joan (2010) Psychometric analysis of the brisbane practice environment measure (B-PEM). Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42 1: 76-82. doi:10.1111/j.1547-5069.2009.01328.x

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Author Flint, Anndrea
Farrugia, Charles
Courtney, Mary
Webster, Joan
Title Psychometric analysis of the brisbane practice environment measure (B-PEM)
Journal name Journal of Nursing Scholarship   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1527-6546
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2009.01328.x
Volume 42
Issue 1
Start page 76
End page 82
Total pages 7
Place of publication Indianapolis, IN, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: To undertake rigorous psychometric testing of the newly developed contemporary work environment measure (the Brisbane Practice Environment Measure [B-PEM]) using exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis.
Methods: Content validity of the 33-item measure was established by a panel of experts. Initial testing involved 195 nursing staff using principal component factor analysis with varimax rotation (orthogonal) and Cronbach's alpha coefficients. Confirmatory factor analysis was conducted using data from a further 983 nursing staff.
Results: Principal component factor analysis yielded a four-factor solution with eigenvalues greater than 1 that explained 52.53% of the variance. These factors were then verified using confirmatory factor analysis. Goodness-of-fit indices showed an acceptable fit overall with the full model, explaining 21% to 73% of the variance. Deletion of items took place throughout the evolution of the instrument, resulting in a 26-item, four-factor measure called the Brisbane Practice Environment Measure-Tested.
Conclusions: The B-PEM has undergone rigorous psychometric testing, providing evidence of internal consistency and goodness-of-fit indices within acceptable ranges. The measure can be utilised as a subscale or total score reflective of a contemporary nursing work environment.
Clinical Relevance: An up-to-date instrument to measure practice environment may be useful for nursing leaders to monitor the workplace and to assist in identifying areas for improvement, facilitating greater job satisfaction and retention.
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Keyword Practice environment
Instrument development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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