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Table 2 Item analysis of the 33 items in the Heart Continuity of Care Questionnaire (HCCQ)

From: Adaptation and psychometric properties of the Norwegian version of the heart continuity of care questionnaire (HCCQ)

HCCQ item number and descriptions N Mean SD Strongly or somewhat disagree (%) Not applicable Missing (%)
1. Provided with information 425 4.03 1.13 12 1 10
2. Condition clearly explained 423 4.22 1.06 9 2 11
3. Told what symptoms to expect 403 3.14* 1.32 32 12 21
4. Given opportunity to ask questions 411 4.11 1.11 9 11 14
5. Medication explained. 412 4.05 1.22 13 12 12
6. Told when and how to take medication 408 4.48 0.99 6 11 17
7. Told about potential side effects 412 2.63* 1.33 48 8 16
8. Told what to do if side effects occurred 412 2.24* 1.25 61 9 15
9. Given same information about medications 399 3.40* 1.33 23 21 16
10. Told what changes to make to diet 403 2.48* 1.38 53 18 15
11. Instruction to plan own daily meals 403 2.34* 1.35 61 15 18
12. Explained influence on lifestyle 403 2.41* 1.33 56 16 17
13. Explained physical activity 409 2.51* 1.43 54 11 16
14. Providers communicated well in hospital 403 4.10 1.01 5 16 17
15. Providers communicated well in planning move 411 3.95 1.13 10 11 14
16. Providers communicated well after discharge 363 3.43* 1.16 15 47 26
17. Providers obtained needed information from other providers 382 3.91 1.01 5 27 27
18. Family physician involved in care 394 3.45* 1.39 24 20 22
19. Well prepared for discharge 418 3.41* 1.28 26 4 14
20. Told what symptoms to call doctor about 413 2.83* 1.44 45 5 18
21. Consistent information about symptoms to seek help for 385 2.93* 1.43 38 24 27
22. Knew who to contact about problems after discharge 404 3.18* 1.60 38 12 20
23. Satisfied with care after discharge 383 3.99 1.21 11 32 20
24. After discharge, could access services 362 3.63* 1.31 18 53 21
25. Reviewed treatment plan 378 2.60* 1.63 54 30 21
26. Regularly scheduled appointments 389 3.06* 1.70 41 28 28
27. Doctor is aware of blood test results 414 4.19 1.15 8 12 19
28. Reviewed heart medication 401 2.91* 1.74 47 19 10
29. Explained again how medication should be taken 399 2.56* 1.67 57 22 16
30. Explained again potential side effects 394 1.95* 1.31 73 24 15
31. Explained again what to do about side effects 394 1.85* 1.25 75 24 18
32. Consistent information from doctors 383 3.61* 1.34 17 32 18
33. Consistent information from doctors and other providers 378 3.55* 1.30 18 37 21
  1. aScores range from 1 to 5, with higher scores denoting more positive continuity experiences
  2. *Item represent an area of concern (i.e., mean < 3.75). Patients had the option to choose “not applicable” (e.g., did not receive services following discharge)