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Using GI-specific patient outcome measures in renal transplant patients: Validation of the GSRS and GIQLI

Introduction: Gastrointestinal (GI) side-effects occur frequently as a result of immunosuppressant regimens used in renal transplant patients. Little effort has been made to quantify the impact of these side-effects on patients’ health-related quality of life and symptom severity. Objective: To assess the psychometric characteristics of two GI-specific outcome instruments (the Gastrointestinal Rating Scale (GSRS) and the Gastrointestinal Quality of Life Index (GIQLI)) for use in post-renal transplant patients. Methods: Cross-sectional study conducted at 5 clinical centers in 4 countries. Patients were required to be on mycophenolate mofetil and a calcineurin inhibitor. Patients completed the GSRS, GIQLI and two generic instruments (the Psychological General Well-Being Index and the EQ-5D) at one timepoint. Reliability, construct and known groups validity were assessed. Results: In general the GSRS and the GIQLI demonstrated Cronbach’s alphas higher than 0.70. The GIQLI was moderately to highly correlated with the PGWB and EQ-5D. Correlations among the GSRS and generic instruments were slightly lower. The GSRS and GIQLI both distinguished between patients with and without GI complaints (all p<0.05). Conclusions: The GSRS and the GIQLI are appropriate for use in a post-renal transplant population. Scores on both instruments demonstrated significant differences between renal transplant patients with GI complications and without GI complications.

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Kleinman, L., Kilburg, A., Machnicki, G., Faull, R., Walker, R., Prasad, R., ... Margolis, MK. (2006). Using GI-specific patient outcome measures in renal transplant patients: Validation of the GSRS and GIQLI. Quality of Life Research, 15(7), 1223-1232. DOI: 10.1007/s11136-006-0053-5

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