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Title: "We used a validated questionnaire": What does this mean and is it an accurate statement in urologic research?
Epworth Authors: Dowrick, Adam
Wootten, Addie
Murphy, Declan
Costello, Anthony
Keywords: Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre Epworth, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Prostate Cancer
Cancer of the Prostate
Neoplasms, Prostate
Prostate Neoplasms
Research Design
Surveys and Questionnaires
Terminology as Topic
Patient Outcome Assessment
Assessment, Patient Outcome
Outcome Assessment, Patient
Research Design
Methodology, Research
Validated Questionnaire
Assessment Instruments
Study Design
Issue Date: Jun-2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Urology. 2015 Jun;85(6):1304-10
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To educate a clinical audience of what the specific meaning of the term "validated questionnaire" means from a research methodology perspective when used in a journal article or a conference presentation. METHODS: To emphasize what is meant by the term "validated questionnaire," we reviewed the most commonly used prostate-specific, patient-reported, outcome assessment instruments and discuss which have been appropriately validated for use in patients having surgery for localized prostate cancer. RESULTS: Not all the prostate-specific instruments used to assess outcomes after surgical treatment for localized prostate cancer have been validated for use in this population. In particular, the Sexual Health Inventory for Men and the International Prostate Symptom Score-American Urological Association-7, which are commonly used by clinicians to measure potency and urinary function, respectively, have not been validated for use in a population of patients having surgery for localized prostate cancer. CONCLUSION: Although patient-reported outcome assessment instruments are frequently used in the urologic literature, little consideration has been given to ensure that users understand why a questionnaire must be validated and what the term "validated" actually means from a research methodology perspective when used in this context. Whether an instrument displays appropriate measurement properties is not a fixed attribute but is dependent on the context and population being studied. Studies using questionnaires that have not been validated in the population of interest may be subject to measurement error, and any conclusions drawn cannot be made with total confidence. Clinicians should consider this when reading journal articles and designing study protocols.
DOI: 10.1016/j.urology.2015.01.046
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ISSN: 0090-4295
Journal Title: Urology
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
Department of Urology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Division of Cancer Surgery, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Review
Appears in Collections:Cancer Services
Epworth Prostate Centre
UroRenal, Vascular

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