Carla Parry, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.A., Eldon Mahoney, Ph.D., Sandra A. Chalmers, M.P.H., and Eric A. Coleman, M.D., M.P.H.
C. Parry, E. Mahoney, S. A. Chalmers et al., “Assessing the Quality of Transitional Care: Further Applications of the Care Transitions Measure,” Medical Care, March 2008 46(3):317–22.
The CTM-15 was administered to 225 African American, Hispanic, or rural adults who had been hospitalized in the past 12 months. Since the three questions from the shorter survey are embedded within the CTM-15, the researchers were able to 1) test how well the CTM-15 works among the three underserved groups, and 2) test the predictive validity of the CTM-3 with respect to patients’ responses to the longer version. The analysis found that the CTM-15 works well among the three patient groups, with no evidence of bias. It also found that the shorter version of the CTM accurately predicts scores on the longer version.
This study supports use of both the long and short versions of the Care Transitions Measure in national public reporting efforts. The authors note that the shorter version “may be attractive to purchasers and health care organizations that want to assess quality in this area while minimizing cost and response burden.”