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Table 1 Table of sum variables measuring knowledge

From: Sufficient competence in community elderly care? Results from a competence measurement of nursing staff

Knowledge sum variables with associated items and their factor loadings
Palliative care   7.4 Have the wound assessed by physician -.50 Diabetes treatment  
20.1 Assess a patient’s pain .80 7.8 How to document wound care -.47 12. Patient case concerning hypoglycaemia -.57
20.2 Assess effectiveness of pain relieving medication .74 7.1 Give pain relief before wound care -.40 11. What type of insulin is Insulatard -.45
20.10 End of life care .65 Nursing measures   10. What is the desired blood sugar level of diabetes patients -.39
20.11 How to communicate about death with patient and family .63 16.7 Patient has reduced appetite and food intake .69 Medication calculation  
20.5 Assess measures against dyspnoea, nausea, and obstipation .60 16.6 Patient’s skin has rash, wounds, is red or itchy .66 14. How many tablets should the patient have in total .78
20.9 Assure a patient’s own wishes surrounding death .59 16.9 Patient has pain and discomfort in mouth .66 13. How many ml is the dosage .76
20.4 Use non-medical pain relief methods .45 17.4 Patient is more tired during the day .61 Involving physician  
20.3 Assess need for alternative medical pain relief methods .36 17.7 Patient has lost interest in keeping home in order, sleeps in chair instead of bed .57 16.11 Patient has much fresh blood in stool .67
Acute help   16.2 Patient coughs, has increased saliva, and respiration frequency above 20/min .49 16.5 Patient is substantially dehydrated .53
17.3 Patient has symptoms of partial paralysis .69 16.3 Patient has irregular pulse increased more than 20/min in last two days .38 16.10 Patient is incontinent for urine, stings when urinates .42
17.6 Patient has newly occurred chest pain .62 Deficiencies in sight and hearing   16.8 Patient not able to eat .41
17.5 Patient has changes in sight, hearing, speech, and comprehension .54 5.4 How to book time for sight- and hearing control .55 17.1 Patient has increased needs to full care over last two days .30
17.2 Patient has fallen two times previous week .42 5.2 How to communicate with patients with hearing deficiencies .54 Health promotion  
17.8 Patient has short attention span and delusions .34 5.3 How to facilitate light for patients with sight deficiencies .54 2. How to find a patient’s resources and preferences -.68
Wound care   5.1 How to change batteries and clean hearing aids .51 1. How to find meaningful activities for a patient -.64
7.2 How to perform hand hygiene before wound care -.98 Fall prevention   3. What rights a patient has to participation/ empowerment -.42
7.7 How to assess the skin around the wound -.98 6.4 Patient goes to toilet at least once an hour .58 Newer palliative measures  
7.3 How to perform hand hygiene after wound care -.97 6.2 Patient seems agitated and restless .55 20.6 Use the tool ESASa .55
7.6 How to assess changes in a wound -.96 6.3 Patient’s sight is too poor to perform all activities by himself .53 20.8 Use the tool LCPb .49
7.5 How to follow the wound care procedure -.96    20.7 Transfer a palliative patient to other treatment level .39
  1. aEdmonton Symptom Assessment System, bLiverpool Care Pathway