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Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory: Spanish adaptation and psychometric properties for fibromyalgia patients. The Al-Andalus study

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Rheumatology ArticleD. Munguía-Izquierdo, V. Segura-Jiménez, D. Camiletti-Moirón, M. Pulido-Martos, I. Álvarez-Gallardo, A. Romero, V. Aparicio, A. Carbonell-Baeza, M. Delgado-Fernández

Section of Physical Education and Sports, University Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain. dmunizq@upo.es

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES:
The aim of this study was to assess the psychometric properties and transcultural adaptation into Spanish of the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory in fibromyalgia patients.
METHODS:
The Spanish version of the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory (MFI-S) was translated and cognitively pretested following cross-cultural adaptation guidelines. Test-retest reliability, convergent validity, and operational qualities were evaluated in a total of 116 fibromyalgia patients. Convergent validity was assessed comparing MFI-S with a visual analogue scale for global fatigue.
RESULTS:
The intra-class correlation coefficients varied from moderate to excellent (from 0.64 to 0.91) and the standard errors of the mean ranged from 0.5 to 1.1 points for the five MFI-S domains. The coefficient of repeatability was less than 2 standard deviations and the limits of agreement ranged from 2 to 4 points for the MFI-S domains. A weak to fair significant relationship was found between each MFI-S domain and the visual analogue scale (from 0.21 to 0.32). The mean time required to complete the MFI-S was 3.2±2.0 minutes. None of the patients needed external help to complete the MFI-S, and there were very few missing values.
CONCLUSIONS:
The MFI-S developed in this study presents a good reliability and reasonable construct validity for Spanish fibromyalgia patients unaffected by cognitive dysfunction and severe depression. This questionnaire is quick, easy to administer and interpret.

PMID: 23261007 [PubMed]

Received: 19/05/2012 - Accepted : 30/10/2012 - In Press: 03/01/2013 - Published: 14/12/2012

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