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A Rasch analysis of the Q-LES-Q-SF questionnaire in a cohort of patients with neuropathic pain



Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Ceska a slovenska neurologie a neurochirurgie
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Keywords Q-LES-Q-SF; Rasch model; neuropathic pain
Description Aim: The purpose of this paper is to establish measurement properties of the Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire short form (Q-LES-Q-SF) employing the Rasch Masters Partial Credit Model. Patients and methods: Consecutive patients with neuropathy (N = 1,301) were interviewed by 86 out patient care neurologists. The physicians recorded patient's gender, age, education, main and associated diagnosis, length of main disease, the Clinical Global Impression (CGI)-Severity scale, and patients filled in the Q-LES-Q-SF questionnaire. Results: The findings establish that a) the instrument is unidimensional; b) 5-point scale categories progress monotonically; c) the construct "quality of life" was adequately operationalized; d) there was neither floor nor ceiling effect; e) the scale is adequately well targeted; f) there was no differential item functioning found from the viewpoint of gender, age and CGI with exception of the item reflecting sexual drive, interest and/or performance - older patients were less satisfied with their sexual life. Conclusions: Our analysis brought reliable evidence that the Q-LES-Q-SF questionnaire satisfactorily approximates resemblance between theoretical expectations of the Rasch model and our data, and that the instrument appears to be a reliable instrument for assessment of wellbeing in patients with neuropathy.

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