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Psychometric evaluation of the Polish version of the Arrhythmia-Specific Questionnaire in Tachycardia and Arrhythmia: a new tool for symptom and health-related quality of life assessment
Wroclaw Med Univ, Poland.
Wroclaw Med Univ, Poland.
Wroclaw Univ Technol, Poland.
Wroclaw Med Univ, Poland.
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2019 (English)In: Kardiologia polska, ISSN 0022-9032, E-ISSN 1897-4279, Vol. 77, no 5, p. 541-552Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia resulting in hospitalization. The assessment of symptoms and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) can provide valuable information before, during, and after health care interventions for AF. AIMS We aimed to perform a translation and cultural adaptation of the Arrhythmia-Specific Questionnaire in Tachycardia and Arrhythmia (ASTA), and to evaluate the reliability and validity of its Polish version. METHODS The standard forward-backward translation procedure to translate the ASTA questionnaire into Polish was used. A total of 244 patients with AF at a mean (SD) age of 70.7 (10.7) years completed the questionnaire and were included in the study. Reliability was tested using internal consistency (Cronbach alpha) and validity with an item-total correlation, exploratory factor analysis (EFA), and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). RESULTS The ASTA symptom scale had satisfactory psychometric properties (alpha = 0.718), and the corrected item-total correlation was sufficient for most items (0.361-0.506), except for cold sweats (0.156). The ASTA HRQoL scale showed good psychometric properties (alpha = 0.855). Initial CFA analyses showed that the 1- and 2-factor models had similar properties, with strong factor loadings and satisfactory goodness-of-fit values according to the comparative fit index (0.947 for the 1-factor model vs 0.988 for the 2-factor model). A comparison of the 1-and 2-factor models showed that the close fit for the root-mean-square error of approximation was better for the 2-factor model (0.387 vs 0.193). A 2-factor EFA model was produced, and for factor 1 (physical scale), the varimax low ranged between 0.470 and 0.804, and for factor 2 (the mental scale), it ranged between 0.597 and 0.873. CONCLUSIONS The psychometric properties of the Polish version of the ASTA questionnaire were overall found to be satisfactory.

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VIA MEDICA , 2019. Vol. 77, no 5, p. 541-552
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arrhythmia; atrial fibrillation; health-related quality of life; psychometric evaluation; symptoms
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161227DOI: 10.5603/KP.a2019.0046ISI: 000485568600007PubMedID: 30882181OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-161227DiVA, id: diva2:1365327
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