Qualitative analysis by experts of the essential elements of the nursing practice environments proposed by the TOP10 questionnaire of assessment of environments in primary health care

José Ramón Martínez-Riera, Raúl Juárez-Vela*, Miguel Ángel Díaz-Herrera, Raimunda Montejano-Lozoya, Vicente Doménech-Briz, José Vicente Benavent-Cervera, Ana Cristina Cabellos-García, Pedro Melo, Tam H. Nguyen, Vicente Gea-Caballero

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Abstract

Background: A short TOP10 scale based on the Practice Environment Scale-Nursing Work Index questionnaire measures the characteristics of nursing work environments. Positive environments result in better quality care and health outcomes. Objective: To identify a small number of core elements that would facilitate more effective interventions by nurse managers, and compare them with the essential elements proposed by the TOP10. Method: Qualitative research by a nominal group of eight experts. The content analysis was combined with descriptive data. Results: Ten most important items were selected and analyzed by the expert group. A high level of consensus in four items (2, 15, 20, 31) and an acceptable consensus in five items was reached (6, 11, 14, 18, 26). The tenth item in the top ten was selected from content analysis (19). The expert group agreed 90% with the elements selected as essential to the TOP10. Conclusion: The expert group achieved a high level of consensus that supports 90% of the essential elements of primary care settings proposed by the TOP10 questionnaire. Organizational changes implemented by managers to improve working environments must be prioritized following our results, so care delivery and health outcomes can be further improved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7520
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume17
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Community health nursing
  • Consensus
  • Nurses
  • Primary health care
  • Qualitative research
  • Quality of health care
  • Working environment

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