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01-02-2009 | Brief Communication | Uitgave 1/2009 Open Access

Quality of Life Research 1/2009

Additional psychometric information and vision-specific questionnaires are available for age-related macular degeneration

Tijdschrift:
Quality of Life Research > Uitgave 1/2009
Auteurs:
Ruth M. A. van Nispen, Michiel R. de Boer, Ger H. M. B. van Rens

Abstract

Purpose

To present psychometric information and studies dealing with questionnaires for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and visually impaired patients in addition to the study by Finger et al. “Quality of life in AMD: a review of available vision-specific psychometric tools”. We propose that their literature search should not have focused solely on the specific eye disease AMD.

Methods

The literature search was partly replicated (PubMed) by using “visual impairment” instead of “macular degeneration” as free text words. Psychometric information was obtained from the additional studies. Preliminary results from a differential item functioning (DIF) analysis used to examine the relationship between item responses on the Vision-related quality of life Core Measure (VCM1) of AMD patients versus patients with other eye conditions are discussed.

Results

Eight studies of visually impaired patient populations, including AMD patients, are discussed, with psychometric information from six vision-specific questionnaires. The VCM1 items did not present DIF, which means that the items were equally interpreted by all patients.

Conclusions

The results on DIF and the additional studies presented here confirm that a specific eye disorder is of minor importance in the choice of a vision-specific questionnaire or, in this case, a literature search.

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