Criterion-related validity of a diarrhea questionnaire in HIV-infected patients.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

Clinical trials evaluating HIV-related diarrhea have used varied unidimensional end points to assess diarrhea severity. We hypothesized that a self-reported measure of diarrhea that assesses stool form, stool frequency, and diarrhea morbidity would accurately portray the severity of HIV-related diarrhea. During a clinical trial for HIV-related diarrhea, we evaluated the instrument among 17 patients, comparing survey results with objective measures of diarrhea morbidity recorded concurrently. The survey scores demonstrated consistently high Spearman correlations with nursing assessment of stool form (0.6693), observed stool frequency (0.7023), and cumulative stool weight (0.8216), all recorded over six days of intensive inpatient observation (P < 0.01 for each). Of the three components of the survey, only the stool form assessment, which uses pictorial representations of stool consistency, correlated significantly across all three objective measures (0.8069-0.8792). In demonstrating the concurrent, criterion-related validity of this survey, we found it helpful for evaluating HIV-related diarrhea and suggest its utility for HIV-seronegative subjects as well.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Thielman, NM; Rust, PF; Guerrant, RL

Published Date

  • July 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1421 - 1426

PubMed ID

  • 12141795

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0163-2116

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/a:1015867626766


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States