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See detailOAKHQOL: a new instrument to measure quality of live in knee and hip Osteoarthritis
Rat, AC.; Coste, J.; Pouchot, J. et al

in Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (2005), 58

To develop a questionnaire with which to measure quality of life (QoL) in patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA). Study Design and Setting: Thirty-two caregivers and 96 OA patients were ... [more ▼]

To develop a questionnaire with which to measure quality of life (QoL) in patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA). Study Design and Setting: Thirty-two caregivers and 96 OA patients were interviewed individually (using cognitive and face-to-face techniques) and in focus groups. A group of experts working independently at first and then consensually used the interview transcripts to generate a 46-item questionnaire. Results: Analysis of questionnaires completed by 263 patients with hip or knee OA resulted in the exclusion of three items (two because of low reliability and one because of a low response rate). Principal component analysis revealed four factors: physical activity, mental health, social functioning, and social support. A pain dimension was individualized. Preliminary testing showed the reliability of the five dimensions to be satisfactory (intraclass correlation coefficients: 0.70–0.85), construct validity was adequate when correlated with the SF36 (Spearman correlation coefficients: 0.43–0.75), and discrimination was satisfactory. The osteoarthritis knee and hip quality of life questionnaire (OAKHQOL) consists of 43 items in five dimensions and three independent items. Conclusion: TheOAKHQOLis the first specific knee and hipOAquality of life instrument. Its development followed an a priori structured strategy to ensure content validity. It meets psychometric requirements for validity and reliability. [less ▲]

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