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Melissa H. Y. Wong, Eva Fenwick, Ai Tee Aw, Ecosse L. Lamoureux, Lay Leng Seah; Development and Validation of the Singapore Thyroid Eye Disease Quality of Life Questionnaire. Trans. Vis. Sci. Tech. 2018;7(5):14. doi: 10.1167/tvst.7.5.14.
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Current instruments to assess thyroid eye disease (TED) quality of life (QoL) were not developed using modern psychometric theory and may not be applicable to Asian populations. Therefore, we developed a psychometrically robust questionnaire, the Singapore Thyroid Eye Disease Quality of Life questionnaire (STED-QoL), for assessing QoL in Asian patients.
This cross-sectional study was conducted at the Singapore National Eye Centre between 2012 and 2015. In Phase 1, content for the questionnaire was developed using qualitative methods. A total of 20 patients participated in three different focus groups. Thematic analysis was conducted to identify relevant themes from which 12 items, rated on a 5-point Likert-type scale, were generated. In Phase 2, the pilot instrument was administered to 59 TED patients and psychometric assessment of the STED-QoL was conducted using Rasch analysis.
After collapsing categories from five to four and deleting two misfitting items, we generated a 10-item STED-QoL befitting the Rasch model. The scale showed good criterion validity, with scores decreasing as severity of TED worsened: mild (1.78 logits), moderate (0.27 logits), and severe (0.92 logits). A ‘Psychosocial' subscale also had adequate psychometric properties and psychosocial scores were significantly worse in those who underwent surgery for TED compared to those who had not (0.41 vs. 1.82 logits, P = 0.021).
The STED-QoL is a robust 10-item questionnaire specifically developed to measure the impact of TED on QoL and psychosocial well-being in an Asian population.
QoL assessment is important for holistic management of TED patients.
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