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A Romanian version of the UCLA Scleroderma Clinical Trial Consortium Gastrointestinal Tract Instrument


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  1. “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania. marilena.gorga@hotmail.com
  2. “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, and Department of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, “Dr. I. Cantacuzino” Clinical Hospital, Bucharest, Romania.
  3. “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, and Department of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, “Dr. I. Cantacuzino” Clinical Hospital, Bucharest, Romania.
  4. “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, and Department of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, “Dr. I. Cantacuzino” Clinical Hospital, Bucharest, Romania.
  5. “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, and Department of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, “Dr. I. Cantacuzino” Clinical Hospital, Bucharest, Romania.
  6. “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, and Department of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, “Dr. I. Cantacuzino” Clinical Hospital, Bucharest, Romania.

CER8654
2015 Vol.33, N°4 ,Suppl.91
PI 0061, PF 0067
Clinical aspects

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PMID: 26316302 [PubMed]

Received: 02/06/2015
Accepted : 20/07/2015
In Press: 27/08/2015
Published: 31/08/2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:
UCLA Scleroderma Clinical Trial Consortium Gastrointestinal Tract (UCLA SCTC GIT 2.0) Instrument is a comprehensive, self-administered survey for the assessment of gastrointestinal involvement in scleroderma patients, developed and validated in English. Our objective was to translate and validate a Romanian version of UCLA SCTC GIT 2.0.
METHODS:
Translation from English into Romanian has been made using the forward-backward method. Sixty-four patients, attending a referral centre as part of an extensively studied cohort, were approached in a consecutive manner over a period of two years for administration of the questionnaire. We evaluated the reproducibility, internal consistency, construct validity and discriminative capacity of the translation (Romanian GIT).
RESULTS:
Fifty-four patients returned completed questionnaires. Internal consistency was demonstrated by Cronbach’s alpha coefficient (0.931). Construct validity is supported by moderate, but significant correlations of Romanian GIT total score with the Mental Component Summary (MCS) of SF-36 (r=0.541, Spearman correlation) and among subscales, by significant correlations with SHAQ total score (r=0.559, Spearman correlation) and by strong correlations with gastrointestinal subscale of SHAQ (SHAQ GI) (r=0.726, Spearman correlation). Reproducibility was good as well. Divergent validity was supported by significant differences between patients with or without a clinical diagnosis of gastrointestinal disease. Other differences in the Romanian GIT total score were tested among subgroups of patients.
CONCLUSIONS:
The Romanian GIT has acceptable reliability and validity. This questionnaire can be used for the assessment of gastrointestinal involvement in scleroderma patients.

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