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Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Science

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Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Science

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Second Edition


  • Jean Watson PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

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As in the first edition, the author has done a magnificent job compiling these instruments and providing important information that the reader can use to evaluate their usefulness."
--Ora Lea Strickland, RN, PhD, FAAN (From the Foreword)

This book provides all the essential research tools for assessing and measuring caring for those in the caring professions. Watson's text is the only comprehensive and accessible collection of instruments for care measurement in clinical and educational nursing research. The measurements address quality of care, patient, client, and nurse perceptions of caring, and caring behaviors, abilities, and efficacy.

Newly updated, this edition also contains three new chapters, which document the most effective caring language and provide innovative methods of selecting appropriate tools for measurement based on validity and reliability.
Key features of new edition:

  • A chapter providing a comprehensive literature review of the research and measurement of caring
  • A chapter entitled "Caring Factor Survey," which presents a new scale based on Watson's original theory of human caring
  • Chapters outlining instruments for care measurement, including Holistic Caring Inventory, Peer Group Caring Interaction Scale, and many more
  • New instruments focused on assessing caring at the administrative-relational caring level
  • An updated section dedicated to challenges and future directions of the measurement of caring

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 23, 2008
  • Page Count 368
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826121967
  • EISBN 9780826121974

About The Author(s) 

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, is distinguished professor emerita and dean emerita of the School of Nursing at the University of Colorado. She is the founder of the Center for Human Caring in Colorado, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and a past president of the National League for Nursing. Dr. Watson is a widely published author and recipient of several awards and honors, including an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden, and five honorary doctoral degrees, including Honorary International Doctor of Science awards from Goteborg University, Sweden, and Luton University, London. Dr. Watson's caring philosophy is used to guide new models of caring and healing practices in diverse settings worldwide. At the University of Colorado, Dr. Watson holds the title of distinguished professor of nursing, the highest honor accorded its faculty for scholarly work.

Online Supplements 

Watch author Jean Watson's February 2010 Nurse Project Meditation from Mexico:

Also visit the Watson Caring Science Institute website to learn more about the international non-profit foundation.

Table of Contents 

Foreword: Ora Strickland
Part I. Overview
1. Introduction: Measuring Caring
2. Caring and Nursing Science: Contemporary Discourse
3.Overview of Research and Measurement of Caring (John Nelson)
4. Background for Selection of Caring Instruments
Part II. Compilation and Summary Data of Each Instrument for Measuring Caring
5. Care-Q and Care/SAT (Larson and Larson & Ferketick; Swedish version by Von Essen)
6. Caring Behaviors Inventory (Wolf)
7. Caring Behaviors Assessment Tool (Cronin & Harrison)
8. Caring Behaviors of Nurses Scale (Hinds)
9. Professional Caring Behaviors (Horner)
10. Nyberg Caring Assessment (Attributes) Scale (Nyberg)
11. Caring Ability Inventory (Nkongho)
12. Caring Behavior Checklist and Client Perception of Caring (McDaniel)
13. Caring Assessment Tools (new versions) (Duffy)
14. Peer Group Caring Interaction Scale and Organizational Climate for Caring Questionnaire (Hughes)
15. Caring Efficacy Scale (Coates)
16. Holistic Caring Inventory (Latham)
17. Caring Dimensions Inventory (Watson & Lea)
18. Caring Attributes Professional Self-concept Technological Influence (Arthur et.al. Hong Kong)
19. Caring Professional Scale (Swanson)
20. Methodist Health Care System Nurse Caring Instrument (Shepherd & Sherwood et.al.)
21. New Caring Scale Instrument by Jane Sumner La State University
22. Caring Factor Survey - (Nelson, Watson, and InovaHealth)
23. Family Caring Inventory - (Anne Marie Goff)
24. Quinn et al Nurse-Patient Relationship Questionnaire (Healing Relationships)
25. 2-3 new instruments under research
Part III: Challenges and Future Directions
26. The evolution of Measuring Caring: Toward Construct Validity (Carolie Coates)
27. J Nelson: CFS as paradigm case. National data base update on selected instruments (Nelson, Watson, Inova)
28. Computerized Documentation of Caring Language
29. Postscript: Free thoughts on Caring Theories and Measuring Caring
Appendix: Master Matrix: Blueprint for all instruments for measuring caring