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  • Articles: DFG German National Licenses  (2)
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease  (1)
  • global scales  (1)
  • measurement  (1)
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  • Articles: DFG German National Licenses  (2)
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    ISSN: 1573-2649
    Keywords: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ; rehabilitation
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract One hundred and thirty-eight chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients completed the Breathing Problems Questionnaire (BPQ) before and after a comprehensive programme of rehabilitation. Examination of the changes on individual items showed improvement on 22 items, of which four items were significant at p 〈 0.05 and deterioration on nine items, of which two were significant at p 〈 0.01. All deteriorating items were consistent with lifestyle adaptations encouraged as part of the rehabilitation programme. We examined the psychometric properties of a reduced ten item version of the BPQ limited to the items most sensitive to change. We recommend the purpose-specific, disease-specific COPD scale for measuring change in pulmonary rehabilitation assessment in contrast to the longer 33 item questionnaire, which, however, may be more useful for cross-sectional assessment.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1573-2649
    Keywords: Category rating ; global scales ; measurement ; quality of life ; visual analogue
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract We constructed a new type of global quality of life (QOL) scale deriving from the Borg symptom scales and compared four versions of this new type of scale (H scale) with four category rating (CR) scales and four visual analogue (VA) scales. Mean self-ratings and mean scenario ratings on different scales showed small but significant differences, and intercorrelations were higher amongst the H scales than amongst the CR or VA scales. H scales were on average most preferred (by undergraduates and elderly subjects) followed by CR and lastly VA scales in terms of ease of use and perceived accuracy of representation. We investigated the preferred polarity of the scales: subjects preferred ‘Perfect quality of life’ to be indicated by 20 or 100 (with slight preference for the latter) rather than 0. The H scales have eight additional quantifiers between the end labels and there was good agreement about the perceived magnitude of these quantitiers.
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