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The Attitudes Toward Tube-Feeding in Advanced Dementia (ATT-FAD) Questionnaire: A Valid and Reliable Tool.

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Summary of "The Attitudes Toward Tube-Feeding in Advanced Dementia (ATT-FAD) Questionnaire: A Valid and Reliable Tool."

Registered Dietitians (RDs) should participate in interdisciplinary feeding discussions for patients with advanced dementia, but research on how RDs make such feeding recommendations is scarce. This study developed and validated a theory-based questionnaire to assess the knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes of RDs regarding feeding tube use among older adults with advanced dementia. The instrument was drafted based on the Social Ecological Model, and face and content validity were established through an expert panel review. Pilot testing with 70 RDs provided an initial measure of internal consistency reliability and reduced the number of items in the survey. Efficacy testing with 662 RDs allowed for a second analysis of internal consistency reliability and eliminated additional items. Construct validity was then established using validation by extreme groups and exploratory factor analysis, yielding six subscales, each with adequate internal consistency and test-retest correlation coefficients: (I) Total Knowledge, (II) Knowledge Self-Efficacy, (III) Religion/Spirituality/Culture, (IV) Personal Values, (V) Perceived Organization and Training, and (VI) Perceived Policy. The survey, based on the Social Ecological Model, was deemed a valid and reliable tool to assess RDs' knowledge and attitudes regarding feeding tube use among older adults with advanced dementia.

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Name: Journal of nutrition in gerontology and geriatrics
ISSN: 2155-1200
Pages: 1-21

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