Measuring quality of life in muscular dystrophy

Carla M. Bann, Richard T. Abresch, Barbara Biesecker, Kristin Caspers Conway, Chad Heatwole, Holly Peay, Peter Scal, Jonathan Strober, Karen Uzark, Jodi Wolff, Marjorie Margolis, Angela Blackwell, Natalie Street, Angela Montesanti, Julie Bolen

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Objectives: The objectives of this study were to develop a conceptual model of quality of life (QOL) in muscular dystrophies (MDs) and review existing QOL measures for use in the MD population. Methods: Our model for QOL among individuals with MD was developed based on a modified Delphi process, literature review, and input from patients and patient advocacy organizations. Scales that have been used to measure QOL among patients with MD were identified through a literature review and evaluated using the COSMIN (Consensus-Based Standards for the Selection of Health Measurement Instruments) checklist. Results: The Comprehensive Model of QOL in MD (CMQM) captures 3 broad domains of QOL (physical, psychological, and social), includes factors influencing self-reported QOL (disease-related factors, support/resources, and expectations/aspirations), and places these concepts within the context of the life course. The literature review identified 15 QOL scales (9 adult and 6 pediatric) that have been applied to patients with MD. Very few studies reported reliability data, and none included data on responsiveness of the measures to change in disease progression, a necessary psychometric property for measures included in treatment and intervention studies. No scales captured all QOL domains identified in the CMQM model. Conclusions: Additional scale development research is needed to enhance assessment of QOL for individuals with MD. Item banking and computerized adaptive assessment would be particularly beneficial by allowing the scale to be tailored to each individual, thereby minimizing respondent burden.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1034-1042
Number of pages9
JournalNeurology
Volume84
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 10 2015

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Muscular Dystrophies
Quality of Life
Patient Advocacy
Checklist
Psychometrics
Disease Progression
Consensus
Organizations
Pediatrics
Psychology

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Bann, C. M., Abresch, R. T., Biesecker, B., Conway, K. C., Heatwole, C., Peay, H., ... Bolen, J. (2015). Measuring quality of life in muscular dystrophy. Neurology, 84(10), 1034-1042. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000001336

Measuring quality of life in muscular dystrophy. / Bann, Carla M.; Abresch, Richard T.; Biesecker, Barbara; Conway, Kristin Caspers; Heatwole, Chad; Peay, Holly; Scal, Peter; Strober, Jonathan; Uzark, Karen; Wolff, Jodi; Margolis, Marjorie; Blackwell, Angela; Street, Natalie; Montesanti, Angela; Bolen, Julie.

In: Neurology, Vol. 84, No. 10, 10.03.2015, p. 1034-1042.

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Bann, CM, Abresch, RT, Biesecker, B, Conway, KC, Heatwole, C, Peay, H, Scal, P, Strober, J, Uzark, K, Wolff, J, Margolis, M, Blackwell, A, Street, N, Montesanti, A & Bolen, J 2015, 'Measuring quality of life in muscular dystrophy', Neurology, vol. 84, no. 10, pp. 1034-1042. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000001336
Bann CM, Abresch RT, Biesecker B, Conway KC, Heatwole C, Peay H et al. Measuring quality of life in muscular dystrophy. Neurology. 2015 Mar 10;84(10):1034-1042. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000001336
Bann, Carla M. ; Abresch, Richard T. ; Biesecker, Barbara ; Conway, Kristin Caspers ; Heatwole, Chad ; Peay, Holly ; Scal, Peter ; Strober, Jonathan ; Uzark, Karen ; Wolff, Jodi ; Margolis, Marjorie ; Blackwell, Angela ; Street, Natalie ; Montesanti, Angela ; Bolen, Julie. / Measuring quality of life in muscular dystrophy. In: Neurology. 2015 ; Vol. 84, No. 10. pp. 1034-1042.
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