Développement et validation d'un questionnaire avec condition spécifique pour la mesure de la qualité de vie chez les patients avec amputations de doigts


Kaitlyn Enright

Université de Montréal


Domaine : services de santé

Programme : Formation de doctorat

Concours 2017-2018


Unité SOUTIEN du Québec (Stratégie de recherche axée sur le patient)

Background: Quality of life measures have become a vital and often required part of health outcome appraisals. Current quality of life questionnaires have major conceptual and methodological deficiencies, such as their failure to stimulate responsiveness, as they do not focus specifically on the impact of a particular disease but are rather generically designed to compare health status among different populations, whatever the underlying condition. The uniqueness of finger amputations justify the elaboration of a novel specific questionnaire for the condition and symptoms.

Aims: Develop and validate the psychometric properties of a condition specific questionnaire for patients with finger amputations, herein referred to as the Fingers Amputations Quality of Life Questionnaire (FAQL).

Methods: Initially, the questionnaire will be given to a focus group of fourty patients, to assess its acceptability and reproducibility, analyze its content, and reduce the number of items. Its validity will then be tested during a pilot study which will include sixty patients with finger amputations. The questionnaire will be translated into both French and English.

Expected results: A novel condition-specific questionnaire will be developed and validated using a standardized multi-step method.

Impact: The properties of the FAQL questionnaire, available in both French and English, make it appropriate for use in clinical trials designed to evaluate its responsiveness to treatment among patients with finger amputations.