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Independent Validation of a Self-Report Version of the IBD Disability Index (IBDDI) in a Population-Based Cohort of IBD Patients

Shafer LA1,2, Walker JR2,3, Chhibba T2, Ivekovic M2, Singh H1,2,3, Targownik LE1,2, Peyrin-Biroulet L4, Gower-Rousseau C5,6,7, Sarter H5,6,7, Bernstein CN1,2. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2018 Mar 19;24(4):766-774. doi: 10.1093/ibd/izx063.
 
     

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1 Department of Internal Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

2 University of Manitoba Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical and Research Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

3 Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

4 Department of Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

5 Gastroenterology Department and Inserm U954, Nancy University Hospital, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France.

6 Public Health, Epidemiology and Economic Health, Registre Epimad, Maison Régionale de la Recherche Clinique, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Régional, Lille Cedex, France.

7 Lille Inflammation Research International Center LIRIC-UMR 995 Inserm/Université Lille 2/CHRU de Lille; Equipe IBD and environmental factors: epidemiology and functional analyses, Lille University, France.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: A new clinician-administered inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) Disability Index (IBDDI) was recently developed and validated among a population in France. We aimed to validate the IBDDI in a North American setting and adapt for use as a self-report tool.

METHODS: Persons 18-65 years old from the population-based University of Manitoba IBD Research Registry were mailed a self-administered survey. This survey included the IBDDI and several scales that should correlate with a disability measure- the World Health Organization (WHO) Disability Assessment Scale (WHODAS) 2.0, Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS), the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (IBDQ), and the K6-Kessler Emotional Distress Scale. We used Pearson correlation coefficients to assess construct validity, Cronbach's alpha to assess internal consistency, and Factor analysis to assess which of the IBDDI items likely belonged to a single IBD-related disability factor.

RESULTS: In response to the survey request,1143 (46% of those contacted) participated (61% female, mean age 51, 52% with Crohn's disease). On an index scale from 0-100, 14% had a score ≥50 (extreme disability, 18% of those with Crohn's disease; 10% of those with ulcerative colitis). There were strong correlations between IBDDI and WSAS (0.76), WHODAS (0.76), K6 (0.73), and an inverse correlation with IBDQ (-0.86). The Cronbach's alpha was high (0.88). All but 2 items (number of liquid stools in the past week and arthritis/arthralgia) of the 14 identified for IBDDI loaded highly onto a single factor (factor loading > 0.40).

CONCLUSIONS: The findings support the validity of this new self-report version of the IBDDI as a sound measure of disability in IBD.

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