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The effect of a more ‘community-oriented’ curriculum on nursing students’ intervention choice in community care: a quasi-experimental cohort study

posted on 27.11.2020, 13:18 by M. van Iersel, Rien de Vos, Marjon van Rijn, Corine Latour, Paul Kirschner, Wilma Scholte op Reimer

This database represents data from 480 respondents with the purpose to measure their intervention choice in community care with the instrument AICN (Assessment of Intervention choice in Community Nursing). Data collection took place at the Faculty of Health of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. The respondents are all baccalaureate nursing students in the fourth year of study close to graduation. Data were collected at three timepoints: around May 2016 (group 1215), May 2017 (group 1316) and May 2018 (group 1417). The student cohorts 1215 and 1316 form a historical control group, 1417 is the intervention group. The intervention group underwent a new four-year more ‘community-oriented’ curriculum, with five new curriculum themes related to caregiving in peoples own homes: (1) fostering patient self-management, (2) shared decision-making, (3) collaboration with the patients’ social system, (4) using healthcare technology, and (5) allocation of care.

The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of this redesigned baccalaureate nursing curriculum on students’ intervention choice in community care.

AICN is a measuring instrument containing three vignettes in which a situation in caregiving in the patients’ home is described. Each vignette incorporates all five new curriculum themes. The interventions with regard to each theme are a realistic option, while more ‘traditional’ intervention choices are also possible. To avoid students responding in a way they think to be correct, they are not aware of the instrument’s underlying purpose (i.e., determining the five themes). After reading each vignette, the respondents briefly formulate five, in their opinion, most suitable interventions for nursing caregiving. The fifteen interventions yield qualitative information. To allow for quantitative data analysis, the AICN includes a codebook describing the criteria used to recode each of the qualitative intervention descriptions into a quantitative value. As the manuscript describing AICN and codebook is yet under review, a link to the instrument will be added after publication.


1: SPSS file – 3 cohorts AICN without student numbers

2: SPSS syntax file

Variables in SPSS file (used in analysis):

1: Cohort type

2: Curriculum type (old vs. new)

3-20: Dummy variables of demographics

21-35: CSINV refers to case/intervention; CS1INV2 means case 1, intervention 2

36-50: Dummy variables of 21-35, representing the main outcome old vs. new intervention type

51: Sum of dummy variables (range 1-15) representing the primary outcome AICN

52: Sum of dummys like 51, but with respondents with missing variables included, used in the regression analysis

53-58: Count the number of chosen interventions per curriculum theme

59-60: Count missings (old curriculum = 59, new = 60)

61-62: Count no intervention theme (old curriculum = 61, new = 62)


Because of the sensitive nature of the data, the fileset is confidential and will be shared only under strict conditions. For more information contact


This study was funded by ZonMw, the Netherlands Organisation for Research and Development, dossier number: 80-80705-98-032 and by NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, project number 023.010.044. The organisations were not involved in the study.


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Priority area

  • Urban Vitality