Reliability and Validity of the Dutch Translated Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire

TMAL (Taco) Klem, JEM Sybrandy, CHA Wittens, Marie-louise Bot

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Objective: To evaluate reliability and validity of the Dutch translated Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire (AVVQ) for measuring health related quality of life (HR-QOL) in patients with venous disease in the lower limb. Methods: The AVVQ consists of 13 questions related varicose veins. This study assessed feasibility, reliability and validity of the Dutch translated AVVQ in a sample of 145 patients with venous disease of the leg. Test and retest of the Dutch translated AVVQ were performed within a 2 week interval. Results: There was a high test (99%) and retest (97%) response. Feasibility; AVVQ showed few missing answers (0.6%) and non-unique answers (0.2%). Regarding internal consistency; Cronbach's alpha exceeded 0.7 indicating a high level of concordance between the AVVQ questions (alpha = 0.76). Test-retest reliability; Spearman's rho showed a significant strong association between test and retest scores (rho = 0.87). Discriminative validity; AVVQ score was able to differentiate between subgroups of patients with different severity of venous disease according to the CEAP classification (Mann-Whitney U test, p < 0.01). Conclusions: This study supports applications of the Dutch AVVQ in HR-QOL measurement in patients with venous disease in the Netherlands and the Flemish speaking part of Belgium. (C) 2008 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)232-238
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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