Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.
Skip to main content

Objectives: The Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ) is a recently developed Patient Reported Outcome Measure for use across patients with musculoskeletal conditions. This study provides a validation of the MSK-HQ examining construct validity and reliability in inflammatory arthritis. Methods: 287 adults with inflammatory arthritis completed the MSK-HQ and other Patient Reported Outcome Measures at baseline and after 3 months. Construct validity was assessed using item response theory methods. Concurrent validity was considered in relation to the HAQ and EuroQol-5D in all patients, as well as the RA Impact of Disease (RAID), PsA Impact of Disease scales, and AS Quality of Life Questionnaire (ASQoL) in disease subtypes. Results: The MSK-HQ was approximately normally distributed with no evidence of floor or ceiling effects. A unidimensional structure was confirmed. Two items were less weakly related to the latent musculoskeletal health variable, providing some evidence of multidimensionality. Reliability was high (α = 0.93). The total score correlated highly with the HAQ (r = -0.81) and EuroQol-5D index (r = 0.80) in all patients, RAID in RA patients (r = -0.88), PsA Impact of Disease in PsA patients (r = -0.88), and ASQoL in AS patients (r = -0.86). Test-retest reliability was high (rICC = 0.73). Conclusion: This study provides evidence for the validity and reliability of the MSK-HQ in people with inflammatory arthritis. The major advantage of the MSK-HQ is that it is not disease specific and has high content validity in rheumatological conditions. The MSK-HQ score will be of value in clinical rheumatology practice, providing a measure that can be used across disease areas.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/rheumatology/key240

Type

Journal article

Journal

Rheumatology (Oxford)

Publication Date

01/01/2019

Volume

58

Pages

45 - 51