Australian chiropractic students’ perceptions of education: validation of a questionnaire

Stanley I. Innes*, Norman Stomski, Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, Bruce F. Walker

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Background: This study aimed to validate a questionnaire to address an absence of a measure to evaluate Australian chiropractic students’ perceptions of the quality of chiropractic programs. Method: Potential relevant questionnaire items were selected from the Australian chiropractic accreditation standards. Chiropractic students rated these items for clarity and relevance, which resulted in a pilot questionnaire of 47 items. Principal components analysis was used to establish the structure of the scales. Finally, intra-class correlation coefficients were used to establish the scales’ test-retest reliability. Results: Thirty-four items were omitted resulting in the retention of 13 items that strongly loaded onto five factors. Internal consistency was adequate. The test-retest reliability ranged from adequate to good for four of the derived factors. The fifth was poor and omitted. Conclusion: A valid questionnaire for assessing Australian chiropractic programs has been developed comprising four scales that enquire about: 1) quality of the educational program; 2) provision of student support services; 3) enablement of independent learning; and 4) adequacy of teaching resources.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association
Vol/bind65
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)174-185
ISSN0008-3194
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2021

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Funding Information:
The authors have no disclaimers, competing interests, or sources of support or funding to report in the preparation of this manuscript. Ethics approval was granted from Murdoch University Human Research and Ethics Committee (Project No 2017/112).

Funding Information:
Human Research Ethics Committee approval was granted by Murdoch University (Project No 2017/ 112).

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© 2021. JCCA.

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