Health-related quality of life or health status is significantly impaired in bronchiectasis. There is a paucity of brief, simple-to-use, disease-specific health status measures. The aim of this study was to develop and validate the Bronchiectasis Health Questionnaire (BHQ), a new health status measure that is brief and generates a single overall score.
Patients with bronchiectasis were recruited from two outpatient clinics, during a clinically stable stage. The development of the questionnaire followed three phases: item generation and item reduction using Rasch analysis, validation, and repeatability testing. The BHQ was translated into 11 languages using standardised methodology.
206 patients with bronchiectasis completed a preliminary 65-item questionnaire. 55 items were removed due to redundancy or poor fit to the Rasch model. The final version of the BHQ consisted of 10 items. Internal consistency was good (Cronbach's alpha=0.85). Convergent validity of the BHQ with the St George's Respiratory Questionnaire was high (r=-0.82; p
The BHQ is a brief, valid and repeatable, self-completed health status questionnaire for bronchiectasis that generates a single total score. It can be used in the clinic to assess bronchiectasis from the patient's perspective.
- LEICESTER COUGH QUESTIONNAIRE
- INTERSTITIAL LUNG-DISEASE
- GEORGES RESPIRATORY QUESTIONNAIRE
- CYSTIC FIBROSIS BRONCHIECTASIS
- MINIMAL IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE
- PSYCHOMETRIC ANALYSES