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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
versão impressa ISSN 0104-1169
XAVIER, Antonia Tayana da Franca et al. Cultural adaptation and validation of the Neuropathy - and Foot Ulcer - Specific Quality of Life instrument (NeuroQol) for Brazilian Portuguese - Phase 1. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.6, pp.1352-1361. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692011000600011.
This methodological study aimed to adapt the Neuropathy - and Foot Ulcer - Specific Quality of Life instrument - NeuroQol to Brazilian Portuguese and to analyze its psychometric properties. Participants were 50 people with peripheral diabetic neuropathy and foot ulcers. The floor and ceiling effects, the convergent and discriminant validity and the reliability were analyzed. The Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was used to test the reliability and the Pearson’s correlation coefficient to estimate the convergent validity, the Student’s t test was used to evaluate the discriminant validity in the comparison of the NeuroQol scores between participants with and without ulcers. Floor and ceiling effects were found in some domains of the NeuroQol. The reliability was satisfactory. The correlations between the domains of the NeuroQol and the SF-36 were negative, significant and of moderate to strong magnitude. The findings show that the Brazilian version of the NeuroQol is reliable and valid and may be employed as a useful tool for improving nursing care for people with DM.
Palavras-chave : Diabetes Mellitus; Validation Studies; Quality of Life; Diabetic Neuropathies; Diabetic Foot.