An Assessment of an Adapted Version of the Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales Short-Form Questionnaire to Determine Health-Related Quality of Life in Vietnamese Patients with ArthritisCorrespondence Address :
Trung Quang Vo,
Department of Pharmacy Administration, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City,
Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam.
Introduction: Arthritis significantly decreases the physical and psychological health of patients and is a leading cause of disability. In recent years, the importance of measuring Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) is increasingly recognised by clinicians and policy-makers in informing patient management and policy decisions, especially in the management of patients with chronic diseases.
Aim: The primary objective was to evaluate the psychometric properties of a culturally adapted (Vietnamese) version of the internationally recognised Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales short-form (AIMS2-SF) questionnaire for use in Vietnamese-speaking patients with Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (Vie-AIMS2-SF). The secondary objectives were to demonstrate the HRQOL of patients with arthritis and identify socio-demographic factors that impacted on HRQOL.
Materials and Methods: This observational, cross-sectional study was conducted on a convenience sample of Vietnamese patients (n=333, 207 women), presenting at a public, specialist orthopaedic hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam, from January to March 2018. The patients were directly interviewed with the Vie-AIMS2-SF. The reliability and validity of the questionnaire were evaluated by using Cronbachs alpha coefficient (a) and Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) respectively.
Results: The Vie-AIMS2-SF met the criteria of reliability and validity. Twenty-six items were identified and categorised as five key components: physical (upper and lower limb function), affect, symptom, role and social interaction. Cronbachs alpha coefficient for the Vie-AIMS2-SF Questionnaire ranged from 0.52 to 0.88 indicates a good internal consistency. Regarding HRQOL score, the mean score ranged from 2.3±1.7 for the physical component to 5.0±2.3 for the symptom one. After applying the multivariable linear regression, monthly income and income satisfaction were found to be statistically significant with majority of components (p<0.050).
Conclusion: The Vie-AIMS2-SF questionnaire was found to be a valid and reliable instrument to use as assessing HRQOL of Vietnamese patients with arthritis. HRQOL was observed to be “moderate” and several socio-demographic factors should be taken into account in order to improve the HRQOL in this population.
AIMS2-SF, Arthritis, Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales, Quality of life, Reliability, Validity, Vietnam
Trung Quang Vo, Khanh Ngoc Cong Duong, Oanh Thi Ngoc Vu, An Thanh Pham, Nam Xuan Vo. AN ASSESSMENT OF AN ADAPTED VERSION
OF THE ARTHRITIS IMPACT MEASUREMENT
SCALES SHORT-FORM QUESTIONNAIRE TO
DETERMINE HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE
IN VIETNAMESE PATIENTS WITH ARTHRITIS. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2018 June [cited: 2019 Sep 15 ]; 12:LC79-LC84. Available from
Date of Submission: Apr 27, 2018
Date of Peer Review: May 31, 2018
Date of Acceptance: May 31, 2018
Date of Publishing: Jun 15, 2018
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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