Quality of Life Concepts

Secondary Health Conditions

Spinal Cord Injury-Quality of Life (SCI-QoL) Bowel Management Difficulties

Description: The SCI-QoL Bowel Management Difficulties is a measure of the impact bowel management difficulties on QoL.  

Format: 26 items about bowel management difficulties.

Scoring: The complications experienced ‘lately’ are given a score between 1 (never/not at all) & 5 (always/very much). 1 item is reverse scored between 1 (always) & 5 (never). Items are summed then converted to a standardized T-metric score with a mean of 50 and a standard deviation of 10. Higher scores indicate higher degree of difficulty.

Administration and Burden: Computer adaptative test (CAT) or Short Form [1]. 

Psychometrics for SCI: α=0.95 for internal consistency, correlations (item/total) range from 0.32 to 0.79, Pearson’s r is 0.74 (Ρ < 0.01) for test-retest reliability, intra-class correlation coefficient (2.1) is 0.74 (95% CI=0.68 to 0.79). Demonstrated unidimensionality (CFI=0.955; RMSEA=0.078) and acceptable fit to a graded response Item Response Theory model [1].

Language(s): English.

QoL Concept: The SCI-QoL Bowel Management Difficulties is a measure of the impact bowel management difficulties on QoL, which corresponds to Box D (individual expectations and priorities) of Dijker's Model. 

Permissions/Where to Obtain: Assessment CenterSM platform (www.assess mentcenter.net). 

References:

  1. Tulsky DS, Kisala PA, Tate DG, Spungen AM, Kirshblum SC. Development and psychometric characteristics of the SCI-QOL Bladder Management Difficulties and Bowel Management Difficulties item banks and short forms and the SCI-QOL Bladder Complications scale. J Spinal Cord Med. 2015;38(3):288-302. 

CLICK ON THE LISTED SECONDARY HEALTH CONDITIONS ON THE LEFT TO READ HOW THE SCI-QOL BLADDER MANAGEMENT DIFFICULTIES HAS BEEN USED WITH A PARTICULAR CONDITION


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