Validation of the Serbian version of inflammatory Rasch-built overall disability scale in patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy

Stojan Peric, Ivo Bozovic, Marielle H. J. Pruppers, Bogdan Bjelica, Zorica Stevic, Catharina G. Faber, Ingemar S. J. Merkies*, Ivana Basta*

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Inflammatory Rasch-built overall disability scale (I-RODS) seems to be a valid activity measure for use in patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP). Our aim was to translate and validate the I-RODS for use in CIDP patients from Serbia. Study comprised 83 patients diagnosed with CIDP. I-RODS was translated and cross-culturally validated using the standard guidelines. Following scales were also administered: Medical Research Council (MRC) sum score, Inflammatory Neuropathy Cause and Treatment (INCAT) sensory and disability scores, Krupp's Fatigue Severity Scale, Beck Depression Inventory, Visual Analogue Scale for pain, and health survey-36 (SF-36) as a quality of life measure. According to the I-RODS, significant proportion of our patients reported that "running" (51%), "dancing" (41%), and "standing for hours" (40%) were impossible tasks to perform, while "teeth brushing" (94%), "eating" (88%), and "reading a newspaper/book" (82%) were noted as the easiest items. Patients with more muscle weakness (lower MRC sum score) and more severe INCAT sensory score had lower I-RODS score (P <.01). Also, patients with fatigue, depression and pain had lower I-RODS scores (P <.01). I-RODS score correlated with the INCAT disability score (P <0.01) was 78 +/- 19 compared to 51 +/- 30 in patients with INCAT >1 (P <.01). I-RODS score correlated with the total SF-36 score (rho = +0.73, P <.01), as well as with all SF-36 domain scores. Serbian version of the I-RODS seems to be a valid activity measure for use in CIDP patients. I-RODS was able to assess different levels of disability, it was in association with impairment measures, INCAT disability scale and quality of life. Further studies are needed to assess its responsiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-267
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Peripheral Nervous System
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019


  • chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy
  • disability
  • impairment
  • I-RODS
  • quality of life
  • validation
  • CIDP
  • RODS
  • PAIN

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