Validity and reliability of the Osteopathic Survey of Health Care in America (OSTEOSURV)

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Abstract

The osteopathic medical profession has lacked research instruments to measure and characterize the use of osteopathic physicians and to assess public awareness and perceptions of osteopathic medicine. In the 1990s, the Osteopathic Survey of Health Care in America (OSTEOSURV) was developed to fill this void. Data from OSTEOSURV-I and OSTEOSURV-II, random national telephone surveys administered during 1998 and 2000, respectively, were used to test the validity and reliability of OSTEOSURV as a longitudinal survey instrument for osteopathic medicine. A total of 12 survey items were found to contribute to the "Perceptions of osteopathic medicine" construct. Within this construct, an osteopathic medicine scale emerged that consists of three distinct dimensions termed conventional medicine, manual medicine, and somato/visceral medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-101
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the American Osteopathic Association
Volume103
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2003

Keywords

  • Ambulatory care
  • Construct validity
  • Factor analysis
  • Health perceptions
  • Internal consistency
  • Manual medicine
  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment
  • Osteopathic medicine
  • Osteopathic Survey of Health Care in America [OSTEOSURV]

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