Reliability and validity of the digestive health status instrument in samples of community, primary care, and gastroenterology patients

Citation
Mj. Shaw et al., Reliability and validity of the digestive health status instrument in samples of community, primary care, and gastroenterology patients, ALIM PHARM, 15(7), 2001, pp. 981-987
Citations number
15
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Pharmacology,"da verificare
Journal title
ALIMENTARY PHARMACOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS
ISSN journal
0269-2813 → ACNP
Volume
15
Issue
7
Year of publication
2001
Pages
981 - 987
Database
ISI
SICI code
0269-2813(200107)15:7<981:RAVOTD>2.0.ZU;2-#
Abstract
Aim: We evaluated a previously reported digestive health status instrument in community, primary care, and gastroenterology practice populations. Mult iple types of reliability, validity and responsiveness were assessed to det ermine the performance of the questionnaire. Methods: Study populations included community, primary care and gastroenter ology subjects. Psychometric analyses included internal consistency and tes t-retest reliability, criterion and construct validity, and responsiveness, Results: Acceptable internal consistency was seen on all scales in all thre e populations. Test-retest reliability was excellent in a speciality popula tion with reflux disease. Criterion validity was demonstrated by strong cor relation of reflux scale scores and results on 24-h pH monitoring. Scale sc ores varied predictably in those receiving gastrointestinal tract imaging a nd according to diagnosis, indicating construct validity. The reflux scale and pain index were sensitive to change with treatment for reflux disease. Multi-trait scaling analyses from the community sample revealed a structure equivalent to that reported from a primary care sample. Conclusions: The reliability and validity of the digestive health status in strument on multiple measures in multiple settings have been demonstrated. The instrument was responsive to change with treatment for reflux disease. The demonstrated robustness attests to the suitability for future studies a nd clinical application.