Towards a composite scoring solution for the Neurobehavioral Functioning Inventory.

Journal Article

Little research has been conducted towards the development and evaluation of a measure of quality of life specific to head/brain injury populations. Accordingly, we examined responses to the Neurobehavioral Functioning Inventory in the context of a clinical trial for head injury patients (n = 655) conducted in 14 countries. To reduce the 66 item scale into a smaller number of composite scales, principal components analysis was conducted. Scales were constructed assessing four categories of symptoms: cognitive deficits, depression, aggression and somatization. The internal reliabilities (alpha coefficient) of the four scales were generally acceptable (range = 0.79-0.92). Scores on all four scales correlated significantly with patient-rated overall quality of life and all but the aggression scale correlated significantly with overall clinical severity. The need for more formal evaluation of this and other disease-specific measures is discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weinfurt, KP; Willke, R; Glick, HA; Schulman, KA

Published Date

  • 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 17 - 24

PubMed ID

  • 10457735

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0962-9343

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands