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The Development and Validation of the Healthcare Professional Humanization Scale (HUMAS) for Nursing

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Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Almería, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Universidad Politécnica y Artística del Paraguay, Asunción 1628, Paraguay
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Health Sciences Collegue, Alfonso X El Sabio University, 28691 Madrid, Spain
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Consejo General de Enfermería, 28023 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Psychology, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Providencia 7500000, Chile
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(20), 3999; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203999
Received: 26 September 2019 / Revised: 16 October 2019 / Accepted: 18 October 2019 / Published: 19 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Health Psychology)
Introduction: The approach and use of the term “humanization” is very much present in healthcare. However, instruments for measuring the concept of the humanization of care are yet to be designed and developed. Objective: The main objective of this study was to evaluate and validate the Healthcare Professional Humanization Scale (HUMAS) for nursing professionals. Method: The sample was made up of 338 adults, who were nurses working at health centers and hospitals, and aged between 22 and 56. Results: The results of the analyses confirm that the Healthcare Professional Humanization Scale (HUMAS) has an adequate construct validity and reliability, and defines the humanization of care as a multidimensional construct, made up of five factors: Affection, Self-efficacy, Emotional understanding, Optimistic disposition and Sociability. Conclusions: The new HUMAS scale may be an easily administered and coded instrument for approaching the humanization of care, not only in research, but also in practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: validation; scale; humanization; healthcare personnel; health validation; scale; humanization; healthcare personnel; health
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Pérez-Fuentes, M.C.; Herera-Peco, I.; Molero Jurado, M.M.; Oropesa Ruiz, N.F.; Ayuso-Murillo, D.; Gázquez Linares, J.J. The Development and Validation of the Healthcare Professional Humanization Scale (HUMAS) for Nursing. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3999.

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