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Quality of life of neurogenic patients: translation and validation of the Portuguese version of Qualiveen

Abstract

Objective

Questionnaires for adequate assessment of the urinary function of neurological patients are not available in Portuguese. The Qualiveen, developed in France for evaluation of general and urinary-related impact on QoL, has been successfully used in neurological patients.

Aim

To translate the Qualiveen, to adapt it crossculturally, and to validate it for Portuguese.

Methods

Fifty-one patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis (MS), and myelomeningocele (MMC) completed both Qualiveen and the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Short Form (ICIQ-SF) twice, at an mean interval of 15.5 days.

Results

A reliability study revealed internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha coefficients 0.75–0.90 for all four domains). Test–retest reliability demonstrated moderate to strong stability (intraclass correlation coefficient range from 0.62 to 0.86). Construct validity was assessed using the Qualiveen’s scores and ICIQ-SF final score. It was significant for the majority of Qualiveen’s score domains compared with the ICIQ-SF final score.

Conclusion

The Portuguese version of the Qualiveen was successfully adapted and validated. It can be used for evaluation of general and urinary QoL in neurological patients.

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D’Ancona, C.A.L., Tamanini, J.T., Botega, N. et al. Quality of life of neurogenic patients: translation and validation of the Portuguese version of Qualiveen. Int Urol Nephrol 41, 29–33 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11255-008-9402-3

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Keywords

  • Quality of life
  • Qualiveen questionnaire
  • Neurogenic patients
  • Validation