Table 3

Results from the final exploratory factor analysis exploring each dimension separately

DimensionItemsNKMOEigenvalue*Factor loadings†Variance explained‡Cronbach’s alpha§
Communication at the hospitalA2, A3, A4, A5, A6, E219150.893.950.57–0.893.600.89
Communication with the GPA7, A8, A9, A10, A11, E516480.914.460.58–0.924.210.93
Information on disease and treatmentB1, B2, B3, B4, B517270.833.140.65–0.792.680.85
Rehabilitation/support¶C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, D54510.873.670.52–0.773.080.83
Information on psychosocial aspectsD1, D2, D3, D416540.843.340.78–0.953.140.93
Organisation**E3, E4, E6, E7, B79370.762.240.52–0.611.560.69
Medication††F2, F3, F4, F57190.742.320.49–0.731.800.76
Involvement of relativesG1, G218300.501.700.841.410.83
Consideration of comorbidityE10, E117490.501.630.791.260.77
  • The EFA suggested one factor for each of the dimensions.

  • *Preliminary eigenvalue.

  • †Factor loadings (correlations) on the factor (no rotation since the factors are analysed separately).

  • ‡Variance explained by the factor (no rotation since the factors are analysed separately).

  • § The overall standardised Cronbach’s coefficient alpha.

  • ¶The results were similar when excluding C1 increasing the number of observations to 1612.

  • **The results were similar when excluding E7 increasing the number of observations to 1467.

  • ††The results were similar when excluding F5 increasing the number of observations to 1659.

  • GP, general practitioner; N, number of observations; KMO, overall Kaiser-Meier-Olkin measure of sampling adequacy.