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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Jun 30;16(13). pii: E2323. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16132323.

Exploring the Reliability and Validity of the Huntington's Disease Quality of Life Battery for Carers (HDQoL-C) within A Polish Population.

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1
Department of Family Medicine and Community Nursing, Medical University of Lublin, Staszica 6 Str., 20-081 Lublin, Poland. agabartoszek@wp.pl.
2
School of Health Science, Royal Derby Hospital, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK.
3
Division of Psychology, University of Derby, Derby DE22 1GB, UK.
4
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Lodz, 90-419 Lodz, Poland.
5
Department of Family Medicine and Community Nursing, Medical University of Lublin, Staszica 6 Str., 20-081 Lublin, Poland.

Abstract

Huntington's disease (HD) is a rare genetic neurodegenerative disorder that causes motor disorders, neuropsychiatric symptoms and a progressing deterioration of cognitive functions. Complex issues resulting from the hereditary nature of HD, the complexity of symptoms and the concealed onset of the disease have a great impact on the quality of life of family carers. The caregivers are called the "forgotten people" in HD, especially with relation to genetic counseling. This study aims to explore the reliability and validity of the Huntington's Disease Quality of Life Battery for carers (HDQoL-C) within a Polish population. A total of 90 carers recruited from the Enroll-HD study in Polish research centers of the European Huntington's Disease Network completed a polish translation of the HDQoL-C. Data were subjected to Principle Components Analysis (PCA) and reliability measures. The Polish version of the shortened versions of the HDQoL-C is similarly valid compared to the original English version and suitable for use within this population. The HDQoL-C has previously demonstrated a wide range of benefits for practitioners in capturing and understanding carer experience and these benefits can now be extended to Polish speaking populations.

KEYWORDS:

Huntington’s disease; Poland; factor analysis; family caregiving; quality of life; reliability and validity

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