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Int Urol Nephrol. 2009;41(1):29-33. doi: 10.1007/s11255-008-9402-3. Epub 2008 Jun 5.

Quality of life of neurogenic patients: translation and validation of the Portuguese version of Qualiveen.

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Urology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Sao Paulo 13070-118, Brazil. cdancona@uol.com.br

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Questionnaires for adequate assessment of the urinary function of neurological patients are not available in Portuguese. The Qualiveen, developed in France for evaluation of general and urinary-related impact on QoL, has been successfully used in neurological patients.

AIM:

To translate the Qualiveen, to adapt it crossculturally, and to validate it for Portuguese.

METHODS:

Fifty-one patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis (MS), and myelomeningocele (MMC) completed both Qualiveen and the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Short Form (ICIQ-SF) twice, at an mean interval of 15.5 days.

RESULTS:

A reliability study revealed internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha coefficients 0.75-0.90 for all four domains). Test-retest reliability demonstrated moderate to strong stability (intraclass correlation coefficient range from 0.62 to 0.86). Construct validity was assessed using the Qualiveen's scores and ICIQ-SF final score. It was significant for the majority of Qualiveen's score domains compared with the ICIQ-SF final score.

CONCLUSION:

The Portuguese version of the Qualiveen was successfully adapted and validated. It can be used for evaluation of general and urinary QoL in neurological patients.

PMID:
18528780
DOI:
10.1007/s11255-008-9402-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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