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The development and validation of the impact of multiple sclerosis scale and the symptoms of multiple sclerosis scale

McMillan, Lindsay and Moore, Kathleen A. 2006, The development and validation of the impact of multiple sclerosis scale and the symptoms of multiple sclerosis scale, Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, vol. 87, no. 6, pp. 832-840, doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2006.01.024.

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Title The development and validation of the impact of multiple sclerosis scale and the symptoms of multiple sclerosis scale
Author(s) McMillan, Lindsay
Moore, Kathleen A.
Journal name Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Volume number 87
Issue number 6
Start page 832
End page 840
Publisher W.B. Saounders Co. Ltd.
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA
Publication date 2006-06
ISSN 0003-9993
1532-821X
Keyword(s) multiple sclerosis
rehabilitation
reliability and validity
signs and symptoms
Summary Objective

To develop and validate the Impact of Multiple Sclerosis Scale (IMSS) and the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis Scale (SMSS) using the Extended Disability Status Scale (EDSS) for construct validity.
Design

Panel design involving test-retest over 4 months.
Setting

A mailed survey.
Participants

Volunteers with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) recruited from an MS support service in Australia: 193 people (mean age, 39y) and 150 people participated at time 1 and time 2, respectively.
Interventions

Not applicable.
Main Outcome Measures

Principal components analyses, the Cronbach α, and descriptive statistics for the 2 scales; correlations for construct validity with the EDSS and retest; and confirmatory factor analysis to test the stability of IMSS and SMSS components over time.
Results

The IMSS yielded 5 independent and reliable components; the SMSS yielded 3 components; both component structures were stable over time. These scales showed convergent validity with the EDSS.
Conclusions

The IMSS and SMSS are psychometrically sound scales suitable for clinical and research purposes to assess the symptoms and impact of MS.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.apmr.2006.01.024
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003913

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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