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World J Psychiatr. Jun 22, 2017; 7(2): 89-97
Published online Jun 22, 2017. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v7.i2.89
Development of an instrument to measure patients’ attitudes towards involuntary hospitalization
Adel Gabriel
Adel Gabriel, Departments of Psychiatry and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T3E 7M8, Canada
Author contributions: Gabriel A substantially contributed to the conception and design of the study, acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data; the author drafted the article and made critical revisions related to the intellectual content of the manuscript, and approved the final version of the article to be published.
Institutional review board statement: The project was granted an approval by the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (CHREB), of the University of Calgary. All patients participants provided their consent to the study.
Institutional animal care and use committee statement: Not applicable.
Conflict-of-interest statement: To the best of our knowledge, no conflict of interest exists.
Data sharing statement: This is an open study.
Open-Access: This article is an open-access article which was selected by an in-house editor and fully peer-reviewed by external reviewers. It is distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See:
Correspondence to: Dr. Adel Gabriel, Associate Clinical Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Suite 300, 5 Richard Way SW, Calgary, AB T3E 7M8, Canada.
Telephone: +1-403-2919122 Fax: +1-403-2916631
Received: August 23, 2016
Peer-review started: August 24, 2016
First decision: November 11, 2016
Revised: April 4, 2017
Accepted: May 3, 2017
Article in press: May 5, 2017
Published online: June 22, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: Examining patients’ attitudes towards involuntary hospitalization is crucial for making clinical decisions and is required to administer quality patient care. This project involved the development and psychometrical assessment of a reliable instrument with demonstrated evidence of validity, to measure patients’ attitudes towards involuntary hospitalization. The developed instrument consists of a 21-item, 5-point Likert questionnaire. The internal consistency reliability of the instrument is 0.84 (Chronbach’ alpha), and there is an evidence for content, convergent, and concurrent validity.