The Revised Algase Wandering Scale—Long-Term Care Version (RAWS-LTC) is a tool used to measure the level of wandering in people with dementia who live in Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities. This study aims to adapt RAWS-LTC to Turkish (TR) and determine its psychometric suitability. The scale was translated from its original language, English, into Turkish and then translated back to English by bilingual translators. It was then reviewed and evaluated according to translation problems and equivalence degrees. In this study, TR-RAWS-LTC was administered to eighty-six wanderers and fifty-six non-wanderers with dementia by nurses. The triple conceptual structure of TR-RAWS-LTC, consisting of persistent walking, eloping behavior, and spatial disorientation sub-dimensions, was confirmed by factor analysis. TR-RAWS-LTC total and three sub-dimension score levels were significantly different in wanderers with dementia compared to non-wanderers. A valid and reliable wandering assessment tool that can be easily applied by caregivers of individuals with dementia in long-term care has been brought to the Turkish literature.
|Subjects||Geriatrics and Gerontology, Nursing|
|Publication Date||September 30, 2023|
|Acceptance Date||September 9, 2023|
|Published in Issue||Year 2023 Volume: 6 Issue: 2|
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