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Development and validation of a patient-centered outcome measure for young adults with pediatric hip conditions: the “Quality of Life, Concerns and Impact Measure”

Authors Gambling T, Long AF

Received 30 October 2018

Accepted for publication 17 April 2019

Published 28 June 2019 Volume 2019:10 Pages 187—204


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Lynne Nemeth

Tina Gambling,1 Andrew F Long2

1School of Healthcare Sciences, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK; 2School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Purpose: To develop and validate a patient-centered, evaluative outcome measure to assess patient-significant and identified impacts of the three pediatric hip conditions (the “Quality of Life, Concerns and Impact Measure” (QoLC&I)), for use by patients and clinicians in discussions over treatment options and the evaluation of treatment and post-operative rehabilitation.
Patients and methods: The measure was developed through a qualitative study, via two web-based forums (patient narratives, n=84) and one specialist orthopedic adult hip clinic (conducting interviews, n=38). The draft (1) measure was piloted in an asynchronous web-based discussion group forum; following revision, it was piloted with a group of clinicians and patients to assess its patient and clinical utility, face and content validity. The final, refined prototype measure (QoLC&I, draft 3) was subjected to psychometric evaluation.
Results: A total of 230 patients provided useable data for the psychometric analysis: 70% (160) had a confirmed diagnosis of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip, 15% (35) Perthes, 11% (26) Slipped Upper Femoral Epiphyses; 4% (9) PHC not stated. The scale showed good acceptability (few missing items, good spread, low floor/ceiling effects), relevance (76% stating they would find the measure useful in their discussions with clinicians), and good internal consistency (Cronbach’s α=0.98; average ICC=0.98). Hypotheses on convergent validity (with the General Health Questionnaire, to measure depression, and the International Hip Outcome Tool Short Form, to measure quality of life) and divergent validity (with the General Self-Efficacy Scale, to measure coping) were confirmed.
Conclusion: The 64-item QoL&CI measure is a practical and valid measure addressing areas of clinical and patient significance and has potential value to assist patients and clinicians in discussions about treatment choices and treatment progress. Future research will address further psychometric testing (test–retest validity and responsiveness to change), in additional sites, and embedding the measure into clinical practice.

Keywords: Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip, Perthes disease, Slipped Upper Femoral Epiphyses, psychology, osteoarthritis

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