Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine validity and reliability of Webel and colleagues’ HIV Self-Management Scale when used with a Korean sample. Methods: The original 20-item HIV Self-Management Scale was translated into Korean using translation and back-translation. Nine HIV nurse experts tested content validity. Principal component analysis (PCA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) of data from 203 patients was used to test construct validity. Concurrent validity was evaluated using correlation with patients’ self-rating as a “smart patient” measured using a visual analogue scale. Internal consistency was tested by Cronbach’s alpha coefficients. Results: All items were rated as having satisfactory content validity. Based on PCA and consideration of conceptual meaning, a three-factor solution was selected, explaining 48.76% of the variance. CFA demonstrated the adequacy of the three-do- main structure of the construct HIV self-management: daily self-management health practices, social support and HIV self-management, and chronic nature of HIV self-management. Goodness-of-fit indices showed an acceptable fit overall with the full model (χ2/ df(164) = 1.66, RMSEA= 0.06, SRMR= 0.05, TLI= 0.91, and CFI= 0.92). The Korean version of the HIV Self-Management Scale (KHSMS) was significantly correlated with patients’ self-rated smart patient (r=.41). The subscale Cronbach’s alpha coefficients ranged from.78 to .81; alpha for the total scale was.89. Conclusion: The KHSMS provides a valid and reliable measure of self-management in Korean patients with HIV. Continued psychometric testing is recommended to provide further evidence of validity with this population.
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