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Neşe Altınok Ersoy, İmatullah Akyar
Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Hemşirelik, Ankara, Türkiye
Keywords: Hemodialysis, nursing, pruritus, chronic kidney failure, 5-D Itch Scale

Objective: Research was conducted as a methodological design with the aim of examining the validity and reliability of the multidimensional 5-D Itch Scale.

Materials and Methods: Sample of this research consisted of patients with pruritus in hemodialysis centers of two university hospitals in Ankara. An adaptation of the validity and reliability study of 5-D Itch Scale was converted into the Turkish Language and was carried out with 100 patients. Frequency and descriptive statistics and Davis’s technique for constructing validity analysis were used.

Results: According to findings: the Kaiser-Mayer-Olkin test result was found to be 0.678, Bartlett’s sphericity test result was found to be 0.000 and explained total variance for the 5-D Itch scale was found to be 70.284%at first stage. Cronbach’s Alpha reliability analysis results of the 5-D Itch Scale was found to be 0.608 and harmony between first test and re-test Inter-Class Correlation Coefficient- ICC was found to be 0.936.

Conclusion: 5-D Itch Scale was found to be valid and reliable in chronic kidney disease patients. Based on results of this study, this scale is recommended for use in determination of nursing interventions for itching symptom management, assessment of itching in kidney failure patients and use in clinical research.