Twohig, H, Jones, GR, Mackie, S, Mallen, CD and Mitchell, C (2017) Assessment of the face validity. feasibility and utility of a patient-completed questionnaire for polymyalgia rheumatica: a postal survey using the QQ-10 questionnaire. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4 (7). ISSN 2055-5784

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The development of a patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) for polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), a condition that causes pain, stiffness and disability, is necessary as there is no current validated disease-specific measure. Initial literature synthesis and qualitative research established a conceptual framework for the condition along with a list of symptoms and effects of PMR that patients felt were important to them. These findings were used to derive the candidate items for a patient-completed questionnaire. We aim to establish the face validity of this initial “long form” of a PROM.

People with a current or previous diagnosis of PMR were recruited both from the community and from rheumatology clinics. They were asked to complete the PMR questionnaire along with the QQ-10 questionnaire, which is a measure used to assess the face validity, feasibility and utility of patient healthcare questionnaires.

A total of 28 participants with an age range of 59–85 years and a length of time since diagnosis from 4 months to 18 years completed the QQ-10. The overall mean “value” score was 79% (SD 12), and the mean “burden” score was 21% (SD 18). The free-text comments were analysed thematically and were found to focus on layout, content, where in the clinical pathway the questionnaire would be most beneficial, specific items missing and other areas for consideration.

The high mean value score and low burden score indicate that the questionnaire has good face validity and is acceptable to patients. The questionnaire now needs to undergo further psychometric evaluation and refinement to develop the final tool for use in clinical practice and research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Polymyalgia rheumatica; Patient perspective; Outcomes research; Patient-reported outcome measures; Questionnaire validity and utility assessment

R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC925 Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 09:50
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 14:42

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