Measuring quality of life from the point of view of HIV-positive subjects : the HIV-QL31.
Assessment of the quality of life (QoL) of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - infected subjects is often based on questionnaires in which the items or questions are not seen to be relevant by patients, nor by the users of the data obtained.
It therefore seemed appropriate to return to the issue.
The methodological and bibliographical research as well as the consultations we conducted convinced us that the elaboration of a new questionnaire was both necessary and possible.
In order to do so, we adopted methodological principles based on the Sickness Impact Profile development methodology.
First a bibliographical research was conducted in order to study instruments already used for HIV infection.
Then, experts concerned with HIV infection and members of patients'associations were interviewed to assess how opportune the development of a new instrument could be.
Following this, a methodology was established for the design and construction of the new instrument.
One hundred and eighteen candidate questions were generated from an analysis of the content of 20 patients'interviews, which were subsequently submitted to 102 patients, to obtain finally a set of 31 questions from the interpretation of the results obtained from classic psychometric analysis and also from non-classic methods (item response theory and Rasch model).
The concept being measured is the impact of illness being experienced by HIV-infected subjects from their own perspective. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Virus, Microorganisme, Organisme, Système vivant, Maladie, Société, Sociologie, Questionnaire, Méthodologie, Evaluation, Virus immunodéficience humaine, Retroviridae, SIDA, Immunopathologie, Qualité vie, Mode de vie, Technique mesure
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Virus, Microorganism, Organism, Living system, Disease, Society, Sociology, Questionnaire, Methodology, Evaluation, Human immunodeficiency virus, Retroviridae, AIDS, Immunopathology, Quality of life, Life habit, Measurement technique
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ORS Auvergne - Observatoire Régional de la Santé d'Auvergne
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 21/07/1998.