Journal article

Cross-diagnostic validity of the SF-36 physical functioning scale in patients with stroke, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A study using Rasch analysis

Annet J Dallmeijer, Vincent de Groot, Leo D Roorda, Vera PM Schepers, Eline Lindeman, Leonard H van den Berg, Anita Beelen, Joost Dekker

JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE | FOUNDATION REHABILITATION INFORMATION | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate unidimensionality and differential item functioning of the SF-36 physical functioning scale (PF10) in patients with various neurological disorders. PATIENTS: PATIENTS post-stroke (n = 198), with multiple sclerosis (n = 151) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (n = 193) participated. METHODS: Unidimensionality of the PF10 within the patient groups was investigated by performing a separate Rasch analysis for each group. Differential item functioning was investigated in a pooled Rasch analysis of the 3 groups. RESULTS: Within each group, all items fitted the Rasch model, except the "bathing/dressing" item in the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis gro..

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