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Development of a questionnaire to measure patient-reported postoperative recovery: content validity and intra-patient reliability.
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PMID:  19366398     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: In this study we describe the development of a short, easy-to-use questionnaire to measure postoperative recovery and evaluate its content validity and intra-patient reliability. The questionnaire is designed to evaluate the progress of postoperative recovery and the long-term follow-up of possible effects of interventions during recovery. METHODS: The study involved four steps. (1) A conceptualization and item definitions were based on a theoretical framework and a description of patients' postoperative recovery from the perspective of patients, registered nurses and surgeons; (2) Content validity of items was tested through expert judgements; (3) A test run of the questionnaire was performed to confirm its feasibility and workload requirement; and (4) The stability of the questionnaire was evaluated through intra-patient reliability assessment. RESULTS: As a result of the operationalization process of the concept postoperative recovery, five dimensions (physical symptoms, physical functions, psychological, social, activity) and 19 items were identified. Each item was formulated as a statement in the questionnaire. Content validity was judged to be high. After the pre-test of the questionnaire a revision with refinements in the layout was made. The vast majority of items showed a high level of intra-patient reliability. CONCLUSION: Based on a theoretical framework and empirical data, we developed a short and easy-to-use tentative questionnaire to measure patient-reported postoperative recovery. Initial support for content validity was established. The vast majority of items showed a high level of test-retest reliability.
Renée Allvin; Margareta Ehnfors; Narinder Rawal; Elisabeth Svensson; Ewa Idvall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Validation Studies     Date:  2009-04-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of evaluation in clinical practice     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1365-2753     ISO Abbreviation:  J Eval Clin Pract     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-15     Completed Date:  2009-09-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609066     Medline TA:  J Eval Clin Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  411-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Orebro University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Patient Participation*
Postoperative Care* / standards
Questionnaires / standards*
Young Adult

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