To date, assessment tools for older people are different between hospitals and nursing homes in China. The difference between assessment tools can lead to poor communication of information between hospitals and nursing homes, which causes discontinuity of care and adverse outcomes when older people are transferred between these different settings. Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) is a comprehensive geriatric assessment tool developed in the United States of America. This study aimed to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Mandarin Version of CARE for older people who are transferred between hospitals and nursing homes. Using a convenience sampling method, 120 older people in hospitals and 120 older people in nursing homes in Shanghai were selected to test the internal consistency, interrater reliability and criterion-related validity of CARE from May to November 2017. When used among hospital, 70.0% (7/10) of the subscales had a Cronbach's alpha coefficients of greater than 0.7, 94.3% (50/53) of the items had an intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) of greater than 0.75. When used in nursing homes, 90.0% (9/10) of the subscales had a Cronbach's alpha coefficients of greater than 0.7, 94.3% (50/53) of the items had an ICC of greater than 0.75. For both settings, the correlation coefficients of the subscales with their corresponding instruments for criterion-related validity were all greater than 0.8 (p <.01). The Mandarin version of CARE exhibits good reliability and validity. It can be used as an assessment tool for transition between hospitals and nursing homes.
- comprehensive geriatric assessment
- nursing home
- older people