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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2004 Nov;85(11):1890-5.

A validity study of the WHOQOL-BREF assessment in persons with traumatic spinal cord injury.

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School of Occupational Therapy, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the distribution of the scores, internal consistency, structure, and discriminant validity of the abbreviated version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL-BREF) assessment in persons with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI).

DESIGN:

Validation study using multitrait analysis and known-groups methods.

SETTING:

Community and hospital.

PARTICIPANTS:

Persons with SCI (N=111) and non-SCI respondents (N=169).

INTERVENTIONS:

Not applicable.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

The WHOQOL-BREF assessment.

RESULTS:

The frequency distribution of the 4 domains of the WHOQOL-BREF assessment was nearly symmetric and showed no floor or ceiling effects. All domains showed good internal consistency (Cronbach alpha range, .74-.78), with the exception of the social relationships domain (alpha=.54). The 4-domain structure of the WHOQOL-BREF assessment was confirmed using multitrait analysis. The discriminant validity of the WHOQOL-BREF assessment in persons with SCI was satisfactory.

CONCLUSIONS:

The WHOQOL-BREF assessment is suitable for measuring QOL as perceived by a person with SCI.

PMID:
15520987
DOI:
10.1016/j.apmr.2004.02.032
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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