The construct validity and internal consistency of Quick-DASH in pediatric patients with upper extremity fractures

Niko Kämppä, Sina Hulkkonen, Petra Grahn, Topi Laaksonen, Jussi Repo

Tutkimustuotos: ArtikkelijulkaisuArtikkeliTieteellinenvertaisarvioitu


Background and purpose — Investigation of treatment options in the pediatric population necessitates the use of valid patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). We aimed to assess the construct validity and internal consistency of the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (QuickDASH) in the pediatric population with upper extremity fractures treated both operatively and conserva-tively. Patients and methods — QuickDASH, along with sev-eral reference PROMs and objective outcome measures, was obtained from 148 5-to 18-year-old patients with a humeral medial epicondyle fracture or a fracture of the distal fore-arm in a cross-sectional setting with a single follow-up visit. Spearman’s rank correlation and linear regression models were used to assess convergent validity, exploratory factor analysis (EFA) to assess structural validity, and Cronbach’s alpha to investigate internal consistency. Results — The direction and magnitude of correlation showed by QuickDASH with reference outcome measures was consistent and demonstrated good convergent validity. EFA indicated a 3-factor model with poor fit indices and structural validity remained questionable. Construct validity was considered acceptable overall. QuickDASH demonstrated good internal consistency with an acceptable Cron-bach’s alpha (α = 0.75). Conclusion — QuickDASH demonstrated acceptable construct validity and good internal consistency and is thus a valid instrument, with some limitations, to assess disability and quality of life in pediatric patients with upper extremity fractures.

LehtiActa Orthopaedica
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TilaJulkaistu - 2024
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä, vertaisarvioitu


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  • 3126 Kirurgia, anestesiologia, tehohoito, radiologia

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