Cross-cultural validation of the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire

Kaziwe Mollazadegan, Jinhai Huang, Jyoti Khadka, Qinmei Wang, Feng Yang, RongRong Gao, Konrad Pesudovs

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    Purpose To assess the native and the previously Rasch-modified National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (NEI VFQ) scales in a Chinese population. Setting Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China. Design Questionnaire development. Methods Patients on the waiting list for cataract surgery completed the 39-item NEI VFQ (NEI VFQ-39). Rasch analysis was performed in 3 steps as follows: (1) Assess the psychometric properties of the original NEI VFQ. (2) Reassess the previously proposed Rasch-modified NEI VFQ scales by Pesudovs et al. (2010) in Chinese populations. (3) Compare the scores of previously recommended scales of the NEI VFQ with new Rasch-modified scales of the same questionnaire using Bland-Altman plots. Results Four hundred thirty-five patients (median age 70 years; range 35 to 90 years) completed the NEI VFQ-39. Response categories for 4 question types were dysfunctional and therefore repaired. The original NEI VFQ-39 and NEI VFQ-25 showed good measurement precision. However, both versions showed multidimensionality, misfitting items, suboptimum targeting, and nonfunctioning subscales. Using the previously proposed Rasch-modified scales of the NEI VFQ yielded valid measurement of each construct in the 39-item and 25-item questionnaire. Comparison between the earlier proposed NEI VFQ scales and the new versions developed in this population showed good agreement. Conclusions The original NEI VFQ was once again found to be flawed. The previously proposed Rasch-analyzed versions of the NEI VFQ and the new Chinese versions showed good agreement. Financial Disclosure No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)774-784
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2014


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