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Tinnitus assessment by means of standardized self-report questionnaires: psychometric properties of the Tinnitus Questionnaire (TQ), the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), and their short versions in an international and multi-lingual sample.
Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2012 Oct 18; 10:128.HQ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Tinnitus research in an international context requires standardized and validated questionnaires in different languages. The aim of the present set of analyses was the reassessment of basic psychometric properties according to classical test theory of self-report instruments that are being used within the multicentre Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) database project.

METHODS

1318 patients of the TRI Database were eligible for the analyses. The basic psychometric properties reliability, validity, and sensitivity of Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), Tinnitus Questionnaire (TQ) and Tinnitus Beeinträchtigungs Fragebogen (i.e., Tinnitus Impairment Questionnaire, TBF-12) were assessed by the use of Cronbach's alpha, corrected item-total correlations, correlation coefficients and standardized response means.

RESULTS

Throughout the languages, all questionnaires showed high internal consistencies (Cronbach's alpha > 0.79) and solid item-total correlations, as well as high correlations among themselves (around 0.8) and in combination with the self-reported tinnitus severity. However, some paradoxical correlations between individual items of the TBF-12, constructed as a shortform of the THI, and the corresponding THI-items were seen. Standardized Response Means (SRM) were low if tinnitus did not change, and between 0.3 and 1.09 for improved or worsened tinnitus complaints, indicating the sensitivity of the measures.

CONCLUSIONS

All investigated instruments have high internal consistency, high convergence and discriminant validity and good change sensitivity in an unselected large multinational clinical sample and thus appear appropriate to evaluate the effects of tinnitus treatments in a cross-cultural context.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Clinical Studies, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, 93042, Germany. florian.zeman@ukr.deNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23078754

Citation

Zeman, Florian, et al. "Tinnitus Assessment By Means of Standardized Self-report Questionnaires: Psychometric Properties of the Tinnitus Questionnaire (TQ), the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), and Their Short Versions in an International and Multi-lingual Sample." Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, vol. 10, 2012, p. 128.
Zeman F, Koller M, Schecklmann M, et al. Tinnitus assessment by means of standardized self-report questionnaires: psychometric properties of the Tinnitus Questionnaire (TQ), the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), and their short versions in an international and multi-lingual sample. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2012;10:128.
Zeman, F., Koller, M., Schecklmann, M., Langguth, B., & Landgrebe, M. (2012). Tinnitus assessment by means of standardized self-report questionnaires: psychometric properties of the Tinnitus Questionnaire (TQ), the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), and their short versions in an international and multi-lingual sample. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 10, 128. https://doi.org/10.1186/1477-7525-10-128
Zeman F, et al. Tinnitus Assessment By Means of Standardized Self-report Questionnaires: Psychometric Properties of the Tinnitus Questionnaire (TQ), the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), and Their Short Versions in an International and Multi-lingual Sample. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2012 Oct 18;10:128. PubMed PMID: 23078754.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Tinnitus assessment by means of standardized self-report questionnaires: psychometric properties of the Tinnitus Questionnaire (TQ), the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), and their short versions in an international and multi-lingual sample. AU - Zeman,Florian, AU - Koller,Michael, AU - Schecklmann,Martin, AU - Langguth,Berthold, AU - Landgrebe,Michael, AU - ,, Y1 - 2012/10/18/ PY - 2012/06/15/received PY - 2012/10/15/accepted PY - 2012/10/20/entrez PY - 2012/10/20/pubmed PY - 2013/6/19/medline SP - 128 EP - 128 JF - Health and quality of life outcomes JO - Health Qual Life Outcomes VL - 10 N2 - BACKGROUND: Tinnitus research in an international context requires standardized and validated questionnaires in different languages. The aim of the present set of analyses was the reassessment of basic psychometric properties according to classical test theory of self-report instruments that are being used within the multicentre Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) database project. METHODS: 1318 patients of the TRI Database were eligible for the analyses. The basic psychometric properties reliability, validity, and sensitivity of Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), Tinnitus Questionnaire (TQ) and Tinnitus Beeinträchtigungs Fragebogen (i.e., Tinnitus Impairment Questionnaire, TBF-12) were assessed by the use of Cronbach's alpha, corrected item-total correlations, correlation coefficients and standardized response means. RESULTS: Throughout the languages, all questionnaires showed high internal consistencies (Cronbach's alpha > 0.79) and solid item-total correlations, as well as high correlations among themselves (around 0.8) and in combination with the self-reported tinnitus severity. However, some paradoxical correlations between individual items of the TBF-12, constructed as a shortform of the THI, and the corresponding THI-items were seen. Standardized Response Means (SRM) were low if tinnitus did not change, and between 0.3 and 1.09 for improved or worsened tinnitus complaints, indicating the sensitivity of the measures. CONCLUSIONS: All investigated instruments have high internal consistency, high convergence and discriminant validity and good change sensitivity in an unselected large multinational clinical sample and thus appear appropriate to evaluate the effects of tinnitus treatments in a cross-cultural context. SN - 1477-7525 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23078754/Tinnitus_assessment_by_means_of_standardized_self_report_questionnaires:_psychometric_properties_of_the_Tinnitus_Questionnaire__TQ__the_Tinnitus_Handicap_Inventory__THI__and_their_short_versions_in_an_international_and_multi_lingual_sample_ L2 - https://hqlo.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1477-7525-10-128 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -