OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to produce an Italian version of the Revised Leeds Disability Questionnaire (LDQ) in a group of patients with ankylosing spondylitis, and to examine the psychometric properties of this version, evaluating its internal consistency, external validity and reliability. METHODS: The LDQ was administered to 60 Caucasian patients affected by ankylosing spondylitis (50 males, 10 females, mean age 46.1 +/- 14.2 yr, range 22-74, median disease duration 4.5 yr, range 1-24) together with the Italian version of the Stanford Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ), and anthropometric measurements. Thirty patients completed the questionnaire after a 10-day interval. Internal consistency was evaluated with Cronbach's alpha coefficient of reliability. Construct validity of the LDQ was evaluated using the correlation between the HAQ and anthropometric measurements. Test-retest reliability was assessed with the intraclass correlation coefficient. RESULTS: All patients completed the validation study. The questionnaire was internally consistent (alpha=0.90). A significant correlation was recorded between the LDQ and the HAQ score (rho=0.841, P<0.01) and the anthropometric measurements. Test-retest reliability showed a good correlation coefficient (intraclass correlation=0.97). CONCLUSION: The Italian LDQ is a valid and reliable instrument for detecting and measuring functional disability in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Our results confirm the utility of this questionnaire as a valid and feasible functional measure for patients with ankylosing spondylitis
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