Development of the motor neuron disease carer questionnaire
Mockford, Carole, Jenkinson, Crispin and Fitzpatrick, Raymond. (2009) Development of the motor neuron disease carer questionnaire. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Vol.10 (No.5-6). pp. 463-469. ISSN 1748-2968Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/17482960802455408
Our objective was to develop a validated questionnaire that can measure the extent to which dimensions of caring affect the health of carers of patients with motor neuron disease. An initial 190-item questionnaire was developed from in-depth interviews, focus groups and two pilot studies with carers. Factor analysis was applied to the data obtained from a large survey in the UK that identified the underlying dimensions of caring. The newly formed scales were tested for reliability using Cronbach's a, and for construct validity. The SF36-v2 was the benchmark instrument on which correlations were made to ascertain the relationship with carers' health. A 34-item instrument was developed which has demonstrated promising evidence of internal reliability and validity for six scales: emotional well-being, physical well- being, self care, disturbed sleep, carers' support needs and statutory services. High correlations were found with the Mental Component Score summary scale of the SF-36v2 (0.40-0.66). The development and testing of the MNDCQ indicates that as the carers' score on the MNDCQ increases, suggesting a higher level of burden, they are more likely to report poor health. Further longitudinal studies are needed to further test the instruments' ability to detect change over time.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis|
|Number of Pages:||7|
|Page Range:||pp. 463-469|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Motor Neurone Disease Association, University of Oxford, MNDA|
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