Validation of the German HeartQoL: a short health-related quality of life questionnaire for cardiac patients

AbstractPurposeThe aim of this study was to evaluate psychometric properties of the core disease-specific 14-item German HeartQoL questionnaire.MethodsAs an extension of the international HeartQol Project, cross-sectional and longitudinal health-related quality of life (HRQL) data were collected from 305 patients with angina (N  =  101), myocardial infarction (N  =  123), or ischemic heart failure (N  =  81) in Austria and Switzerland using German versions of the HeartQoL, the Short Form-36 Health Survey (SF-36), and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. The underlying factor structure was examined with Mokken Scaling analysis; then convergent, divergent, and discriminative validity, interna l consistency reliability, and responsiveness were assessed.ResultsThe highest HRQL scores were reported by patients with myocardial infarction followed by ischemic heart failure and then angina. The two-factor structure was confirmed with strong physical, emotional, and global scaleH coefficients (>  .50). Divergent and convergent validity (fromr  =  .04 to .78) were shown for each diagnosis; discriminative validity was verified as well (partially: age, sex, and disease severity; largely: SF-36 health status/transition; totally: anxiety and depression). Internal consistency reliability was excellent (Cronbach’s alpha = .91). In terms of responsiveness, physical and global scale scores improved sign...
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