COA 2015: Internet provided health surveys valid/reliable in pediatric scoliosis patients

Study Type: Randomized Trial
OE Level of Evidence: N/A
Journal Level of Evidence: N/A
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Synopsis
96 adolescent patients with idiopathic scoliosis were randomly allocated to Paper/Paper, Paper/Internet, Internet/Paper, or Internet/Internet groups in terms of administration modalities for the Scoliosis Patient Questionnaire: Version 30 (SRS-30) and the Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI). Patients were initially administered the first mode as per their group allocation, and then two weeks later administered the second mode. The purpose of Please login to view the rest of this report. Please login to view the rest of this report.
Why was this study needed now?
Health care institutes and professionals are continuously required to adapt their services to changing society and medical knowledge. Another aspect that they adapt to is a technologically advancing world. Traditionally, health care surveys and questionnaires are administered via pen and paper. However, with more and more individuals becoming accustomed to a web-based society, the efficiency of this administration method is being questioned. As a result, the current study aims to assess the validity and reliability of internet administered health related quality of life (HRQoL) questionnaires in pediatric scoliosis patients.
What was the principal research question?
Is internet administration of Health Related Quality of Life Questionnaires a valid and reliable modality when compared to traditionally pen and paper administration in adolescents with scoliosis?
Population: Adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis and aged 11-18. Each participant was required to complete the Scoliosis Patient Questionnaire: Version 30 (SRS-30) and the Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI). 96 patients completed follow up.
Intervention: Paper/Internet Group: Questionnaires were initially administered in a paper format, while 2 weeks later, questionnaires were administered via the internet (n=20). Internet/Paper Group: Questionnaires were initially administered via the internet, while 2 weeks later, questionnaires were administered in a paper format (n=26). Internet/Internet Group: At both time points, questionnaires were administered via the internet (n=24).
Comparison: Paper/Paper Group: At both time points, questionnaires were administered in a paper format (n=26).
Outcomes: Outcomes of concern included return rate, participant preference, and survey outcomes.
Methods: RCT: Crossover; Prospective
Time: Questionnaires were to be completed and returned over a 2 week interval. An additional 2 weeks was provided to complete and return the second set of questionnaires.
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