Psychometric Properties of the Elderly Nursing Core Set

  • César FonsecaEmail author
  • Manuel Lopes
  • David Mendes
  • Pedro Parreira
  • Lisete Mónico
  • Céu Marques
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1016)


Aim: To assess the psychometric properties of the Elderly Nursing Core Set.

Methods: Cross-sectional descriptive study; convenience sample composed of 427 individuals aged 65 years old or older.

Results: Factor analysis of principal components allowed extracting 4 concepts, i.e., Self-Care, Learning and Mental Functions, Communication, and Relationship with Friends and Caregivers, which explained 82.25% of the total variance. Varimax rotation indicated a very good measure of sampling adequacy (KMO = 0.947), with Bartlett’s test of sphericity (X2(300) = 11131.28, p < 0.001) and an excellent Cronbach’s alpha value of 0.963.

Conclusion: The Elderly Nursing Core Set exhibits excellent psychometric properties, i.e., consistency, reliability, and internal validity, for which reason it is recommended as a means of determining the nursing care needs of individuals aged 65 years old or older and assessing the outcomes of nursing interventions targeting that population.


Ageing International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Évora University, Investigator POCTEP 0445_4IE_4_PÉvoraPortugal
  2. 2.Nursing School of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  3. 3.Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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