Factor Structure of the Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI)

Britain A. Mills, Raul Caetano, Arianne E. Rhea

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI) is a 92-item measure covering 10 domains of research self-efficacy. A known behavioral antecedent, reliable and valid measures of self-efficacy represent a potentially useful tool in the evaluation of research training program efficacy. However, few formal psychometric studies of this instrument exist. Using exploratory factor analysis, we examine the CRAI's dimensional structure in a new sample of clinical research trainees. In contrast to the multidimensional solutions reported previously, CRAI responses in the present sample were unambiguously one-dimensional (as suggested by a dominant single Eigenvalue and parallel analysis). This discrepant finding may reflect sample differences in research experience, as unlike previous studies, participants had all already obtained a professional degree. The CRAI's dimensional structure may coalesce into a smaller number of factors as research experience is acquired, and investigators should be mindful of this possibility in future studies of the instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-82
Number of pages12
JournalEvaluation and the Health Professions
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Fingerprint

Equipment and Supplies
Research
Self Efficacy
Psychometrics
Statistical Factor Analysis
Research Personnel
Education

Keywords

  • Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory
  • CTSA
  • evaluation
  • exploratory factor analysis
  • translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

Cite this

Factor Structure of the Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI). / Mills, Britain A.; Caetano, Raul; Rhea, Arianne E.

In: Evaluation and the Health Professions, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2014, p. 71-82.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mills, Britain A. ; Caetano, Raul ; Rhea, Arianne E. / Factor Structure of the Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI). In: Evaluation and the Health Professions. 2014 ; Vol. 37, No. 1. pp. 71-82.
@article{3c6f6462ea5c4ba4a9a3ebd0ee183f58,
title = "Factor Structure of the Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI)",
abstract = "The Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI) is a 92-item measure covering 10 domains of research self-efficacy. A known behavioral antecedent, reliable and valid measures of self-efficacy represent a potentially useful tool in the evaluation of research training program efficacy. However, few formal psychometric studies of this instrument exist. Using exploratory factor analysis, we examine the CRAI's dimensional structure in a new sample of clinical research trainees. In contrast to the multidimensional solutions reported previously, CRAI responses in the present sample were unambiguously one-dimensional (as suggested by a dominant single Eigenvalue and parallel analysis). This discrepant finding may reflect sample differences in research experience, as unlike previous studies, participants had all already obtained a professional degree. The CRAI's dimensional structure may coalesce into a smaller number of factors as research experience is acquired, and investigators should be mindful of this possibility in future studies of the instrument.",
keywords = "Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory, CTSA, evaluation, exploratory factor analysis, translational research",
author = "Mills, {Britain A.} and Raul Caetano and Rhea, {Arianne E.}",
year = "2014",
doi = "10.1177/0163278713500303",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "37",
pages = "71--82",
journal = "Evaluation and the Health Professions",
issn = "0163-2787",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Inc.",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Factor Structure of the Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI)

AU - Mills, Britain A.

AU - Caetano, Raul

AU - Rhea, Arianne E.

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - The Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI) is a 92-item measure covering 10 domains of research self-efficacy. A known behavioral antecedent, reliable and valid measures of self-efficacy represent a potentially useful tool in the evaluation of research training program efficacy. However, few formal psychometric studies of this instrument exist. Using exploratory factor analysis, we examine the CRAI's dimensional structure in a new sample of clinical research trainees. In contrast to the multidimensional solutions reported previously, CRAI responses in the present sample were unambiguously one-dimensional (as suggested by a dominant single Eigenvalue and parallel analysis). This discrepant finding may reflect sample differences in research experience, as unlike previous studies, participants had all already obtained a professional degree. The CRAI's dimensional structure may coalesce into a smaller number of factors as research experience is acquired, and investigators should be mindful of this possibility in future studies of the instrument.

AB - The Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI) is a 92-item measure covering 10 domains of research self-efficacy. A known behavioral antecedent, reliable and valid measures of self-efficacy represent a potentially useful tool in the evaluation of research training program efficacy. However, few formal psychometric studies of this instrument exist. Using exploratory factor analysis, we examine the CRAI's dimensional structure in a new sample of clinical research trainees. In contrast to the multidimensional solutions reported previously, CRAI responses in the present sample were unambiguously one-dimensional (as suggested by a dominant single Eigenvalue and parallel analysis). This discrepant finding may reflect sample differences in research experience, as unlike previous studies, participants had all already obtained a professional degree. The CRAI's dimensional structure may coalesce into a smaller number of factors as research experience is acquired, and investigators should be mindful of this possibility in future studies of the instrument.

KW - Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory

KW - CTSA

KW - evaluation

KW - exploratory factor analysis

KW - translational research

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84893575518&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84893575518&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/0163278713500303

DO - 10.1177/0163278713500303

M3 - Article

C2 - 23960271

AN - SCOPUS:84893575518

VL - 37

SP - 71

EP - 82

JO - Evaluation and the Health Professions

JF - Evaluation and the Health Professions

SN - 0163-2787

IS - 1

ER -