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Evaluation of a Hebrew version of the revised & expanded Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales (AIMS2) in patients with fibromyalgia (FM)

  [ 52 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • August 6, 1999

OBJECTIVE: To validate a translated version of the revised and
expanded Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales (AIMS2) to be
used by Hebrew speaking populations.

translated into Hebrew and administered to 66 women with
fibromyalgia (FM) along with the Hebrew versions of the
Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) and the Quality of
Life (QOL) Scale. All subjects were asked about the presence
and severity (assessed by visual analog scale) of FM symptoms
(pain, fatigue, anxiety, etc.); a count of 18 tender points
was conducted by thumb palpation, and tenderness thresholds
were measured by dolorimetry. Test-retest reliability was
assessed by Pearson correlation coefficients, and internal
consistency was evaluated with Cronbach's alpha coefficient of
reliability. Construct validity was tested by correlating the
AIMS2 items with measures of symptom severity, count of tender
points, tenderness thresholds, physical functioning measured
by FIQ, and with a score of QOL.

RESULTS: Test-retest
reliability coefficients ranged from 0.84 to 0.99, and
Cronbach's alpha coefficients from 0.74 to 0.93. Significant
moderate to high correlations were obtained between the AIMS2
subscales (except self-care) and measures of physical
functioning, quality of life, severity of FM symptoms, and
number of tender points.

CONCLUSION: The AIMS2 is a reliable
and valid instrument for measuring health status and physical
functioning in Israeli women with FM.

Neumann L, Dudnik Y, Bolotin A, Buskila D

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