A protocol for Italian validation of DEMQoL-Proxy Scale: assessing the Quality of Life of people with moderate or mild dementia.

A protocol for Italian validation of DEMQoL-Proxy Scale: assessing the Quality of Life of people with moderate or mild dementia.

Authors

  • Chiara Bonfigliuoli Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy
  • Alessandra Miraglia Raineri Department of Health Sciences, Psychology and Psychiatry Unit, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
  • Chiara Foa’ Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy
  • Alessia Guizzardi Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy
  • ALICE CATELLANI Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy
  • DEBORA MANFREDINI Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy
  • ILARI TRIPICCHIO Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy
  • BARBARA DAVOLI Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy
  • GIOVANNI PITTI Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy
  • SHELSI TOJALLI Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy
  • MONICA SALSI Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy
  • GIANLUCA LO MASTRO Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy
  • Giovanna Artioli Azienda USL –IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Leopoldo Sarli Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy

Keywords:

Quality of Life; Dementia; Content Validity; Face Validity; Back-translation

Abstract

In this paper, we propose an adaptation of a protocol for a tool’s validation. We have utilized this phases-theory to validate in Italian language an instrument to assess Quality of Life for people with moderate or mild dementia. We will explain the example of our Italian validation of DEMQoL-Proxy considering each De Vellis’s phase. We will explain our application of De Vellis’s model to Italian example described. For the first three phases, we reproduced the original validating study in which authors (Smith et al., 2005) defined what to measure, how generate a set of items and the structure of the scale. Indeed, for the last five phases we explained the adaptation of De Vellis’s model to Italian validation. We hope that this model could be effective to validating goals, for researchers and in particular for all professionals who deal with caregivers and patients with moderate and mild dementia. Furthermore, the measurement of the Quality of Life makes the scale widely useful within the various professional specialties and setting. Finally, thanks to the methodological assumptions adopted following the De Vellis’s eight-phase model, we can affirm that this first Italian pre-validation of the DEMQoL-Proxy seems to be an excellent forerunner for its effective validation in the Italian context.

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29-07-2021

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Original articles: Health Professions 2/2021

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A protocol for Italian validation of DEMQoL-Proxy Scale: assessing the Quality of Life of people with moderate or mild dementia. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2021 Jul. 29 [cited 2024 Jun. 24];92(S2):e2021040. Available from: https://mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/11974