Making Sense of Factor Analysis: The Use of Factor Analysis for Instrument Development in Health Care Research

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SAGE, Mar 21, 2003 - Education - 348 pages
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Many health care practitioners and researchers are aware of the need to employ factor analysis in order to develop more sensitive instruments for data collection. Unfortunately, factor analysis is not a unidimensional approach that is easily understood by even the most experienced of researchers.

Making Sense of Factor Analysis: The Use of Factor Analysis for Instrument Development in Health Care Research presents a straightforward explanation of the complex statistical procedures involved in factor analysis. Authors Marjorie A Pett, Nancy M Lackey, and John J Sullivan provide a step-by-step approach to analyzing data using statistical computer packages like SPSS and SAS. Emphasizing the interrelationship between factor analysis and test construction, the authors examine numerous practical and theoretical decisions that must be made to efficiently run and accurately interpret the outcomes of these sophisticated computer programs.

Making Sense of Factor Analysis: The Use of Factor Analysis for Instrument Development in Health Care Research offers a practical method for developing tests, validating instruments and reporting outcomes through the use of factor analysis. To facilitate learning, the authors provide concrete testing examples, three appendices of additional information, and a glossary of key terms. Ideal for graduate level nursing students, this book is also an invaluable resource for health care researchers.

 

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About the author (2003)

Dr. Marge Pett is a Research Professor in the College of Nursing, having been on the faculty since 1980. She is the author of numerous articles and presentations related both to her previously federally funded research on family interaction in married and divorced families, her current interests in developing effective healthy lifestyle interventions for persons with intellectual disabilities and their families, development of patient-ofocused pain care measures, as well as her interests in statistics. Her two textbooks, Nonparametric Statistics for Health Care Research and Making Sense of Factor Analysis, have received much praise from the health care community. Marge has a strong commitment to facilitationg the practical application of statistics in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences, especially among practitioners in health care settings. She has taught various statistics courses to doctoral students from a variety of disciplines, both at the beginning and advanced levels. Marge has been married for more than 40 years to the same person, has two adult children and 2-3/4 grandchildren. When she is not teaching or doing research, Marge can be found on the tennis courts, various and sundry golf courses, studying Italian or wandering the streets of the wonderful cities of Italia.

Dr John Sullivan has been a professor of management for over 26 years at San Francisco State University. His specialty is HR strategy and designing world class HR systems and tools for Fortune 200 firms. He has worked with over 200 different businesses and organizations in more than 30 countries around the world as a speaker or advisor. He has written a weekly column for ERE for over eleven years. Overall, he has written ten books, dozens of white papers and over 700 articles. He was the chief talent officer for Agilent (the 40,000+ employee HP spin off). He has appeared on the CBS and ABC national nightly news, CNN and in various publications including Fortune, the Economist, CIO, BusinessWeek, the WSJ, the Washington Post, Money, Time and every major HR magazine. Fast company called him the Michael Jordan of hiring. He was listed among the 40 most influential people in HR. Tom Peters cites and utilizes his work in his latest book Re-Imagine.

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