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Table 1 Characteristics of the variables at baseline (T0) and follow-up (T1)

From: Exploring the success of an integrated primary care partnership: a longitudinal study of collaboration processes

Variable Items Range Cronbach’s alpha Baseline (T0) Follow-up (T1) ∆ (T1-T0/T0)
Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD
Outcome
 Perceived success of the partnership 1 0-10 NA NA NA 7.34 0.80 NA NA
Collaboration process themes
 Shared ambition* 4 1-4 0.78 3.49 0.27 3.49 0.27 0.01 0.10
 Mutual gains** 4 1-4 0.82 3.04 0.34 3.02 0.39 0.00 0.12
 Relationship dynamics*** 4 1-4 0.73 3.20 0.26 3.27 0.36 0.03 0.11
 Organisation dynamics**** 6 1-4 0.86 3.02 0.28 3.08 0.37 0.02 0.14
 Process management***** 4 1-4 0.80 3.04 0.29 3.11 0.36 0.03 0.13
  1. NA (not assessed).
  2. *Items: a) Is the ambition shared among the partners. b) is the ambition attractive for the partners. c) is the ambition aligned with the collaboration strategy of each partner. and d) does the ambition have a personal significance for the key players in the partnership? Single-factor solution with factor loadings ranging from: 0.671 to 0.887.
  3. **Items: a) Do the partners have sincere interest in one another’s interests. b) do the partners have a dialogue about one another’s interests. c) are the partners willing to negotiate with one another. and d) does the partnership create value for each of the partners? Single-factor solution with factor loadings ranging from: 0.694 to 0.877.
  4. ***Items: a) Do the partners have the personal ability to connect. b) does the group processes consolidate the partnership. c) do the partners trust one another. d) is leadership being demonstrated. and e) is leadership being granted? Two-factor solution indicated that item e) did not demonstrate salient factor loading (i.e. > .40). After excluding item e) a single-factor solution with factor loadings ranging from 0.647 to 0.811.
  5. ****Items: a) Is the structure of the partnership aligned with the partners’ objective(s). b) is the direction of the partnership aligned with the partners’ objective(s). c) can the partnership count on the support of the management/professionals and stakeholders. d) are the agreements of the partnership clear. e) are the agreements being fulfilled by the partners. and f) does the partnership realize the proposed objective(s)? Single-factor solution with factor loadings ranging from: 0.669 to 0.841.
  6. *****Items: a) Is there a thorough phasing for the planning of the partnership. b) is the shared ambition of the partnership being realised. c) is the attention of the partners balanced between the content and process of the partnership. d) are the roles clearly divided within the partnership. and e) is the collaboration process clearly directed? Two-factor solution indicated that item b) did not demonstrate salient factor loading (i.e. > .30). After excluding item b). a single-factor solution with factor loadings ranging from 0.683 to 0.846.