Objectives: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a major global health problem. Although several patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exist, none were developed using patient-driven concept development. We developed an item bank for dyspnea severity and related functional limitations on the basis of a PRO conceptual framework derived from patient input.
Methods: We identified a large pool of existing items based on a conceptual framework and literature review. Using patient and expert review panels and an item refinement/modification process, we developed an item bank aligned with the conceptual framework, which subsequently underwent psychometric testing via an online Internet panel of dyspnea patients (N = 608).
Results: Exploratory factor analysis suggested a dominant first factor accounting for about 78% of the total variance. Confirmatory factor analysis supported a unidimensional model. Item response theory analysis demonstrated good model fit, and differential item functioning analyses indicated that the 33-item scale showed potential for measurement equivalence across sex. A 10-item short form produced comparable scores (r = 0.98) and a computerized adaptive-testing simulation indicated efficient measurement with fewer items (mean 4.65 items).
Conclusions: An efficient patient-reported measure of dyspnea severity and related functional limitations, based on a patient-driven PRO conceptual framework, is now available for further validation and use.
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