ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Validation of the "Mind the Gap" Scale to Assess Satisfaction with Health Care among Adolescents
Evrim Kızıler1, Dilek Yıldız2, Berna Eren Fidancı2
1Department Child Health and Diseases Nursing, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University School of Health Sciences, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Pediatric Nursing, Health Science University School of Nursing, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.4274/balkanmedj.2017.0168

Background: Today, more than 90% of adolescents with chronic conditions survive into adulthood as a user of health care and move pediatric to adult care with their chronic illness. Therefore, the need of satisfaction scales focuses specifically on transitional care and reflect youth and their parent’s expectations is increasing. 
Aims: The aim of this study is examining of validity and reliability of a Turkish version of Mind the Gap Scale. 
Study Design: Methodological study. 
Methods: Turkish version of Mind the Gap Scale and Patient Assessment of Choronic Illness Care Scale were applied to participants in two tertiary hospitals in Ankara.Validity was evaluated with factor analyses and content-scope validity; reliability was evaluated with item-total score correlation, internal consistency and continuity methods. 
Results: A total of 109 adolescents and 157 parents completed the questionaire. Content validity were confirmed. Explatory Factor Analysis was used to determine the factor structure of the scale. Both adolescent and parent scale is formed of 3 sub dimensions and explained 71% and %73 of the variation respectively. Cronbach alpha reliability coefficient of MGS1 and MGS2 were found as .89 and .87; internal consistency of parent’s scales were .92 and .90 respectively. The test-retest reliability coefficient was found .88 for adolescents and .85 for the parents. The suitability of the model were examined with Confirmatory Factor Analysis. x2/df and the other conformity indices were suited well. 
Conclusion: Turkish version of the MGS was decided to be a valid and reliable scale for evaluating the needs, expectations and satisfaction of adolescents and their parents with health care.

Keywords : Transitional care, patient satisfaction, diabetes, parent of an adolescent with diabetes
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