Print Email Facebook Twitter Development and validation of the Dutch version of the London Handicap Scale Title Development and validation of the Dutch version of the London Handicap Scale Author Groothuis-Oudshoorn, C.G.M. Chorus, A.M.J. Verrips, G.H.W. Detmar, S.B. Publication year 2015 Abstract BACKGROUND: The London Handicap Scale (LHS) was found to be a valid and reliable scale for measuring participation restrictions in adults. OBJECTIVE: This paper describes the development and assesses the construct-related validity of a Dutch version of the London Handicap Scale (DLHS). METHODS: The DLHS was tested in 798 adults (mean age: 50.7 years, SD=14.5, range 16 to 85) and validated with the 'Impact on Participation and Autonomy' (IPA) questionnaire, the Dutch version of the EQ-5D and questions concerning comorbidity and use of medical devices. The study population consisted of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), epilepsy, laryngectomy and multiple sclerosis. RESULTS: Feasibility was satisfactory. Large correlations (ρ > 0.6) for the DLHS sum score were found with the IPA subscales 'autonomy outdoors', 'perceiving problems', 'family role', autonomy indoors', 'work and education' and with the EQ-5D. The DLHS sum score differs significantly between subgroups based on the number of chronic diseases, number of medical devices and self-reported burden of disease or handicap (p< 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Based on this evaluation the questionnaire seems feasible and valid for assessing differences in level of participation between subgroups of chronically ill or disabled persons in the Netherlands. Subject LifeLS - Life StyleELSS - Earth, Life and Social SciencesHealthy for LifeHealthHealthy Livingconstruct-related validityDutchLondon handicap scaleQuality of lifeAdolescentAdultAgedChronic diseaseChronic obstructive lung diseaseChronic patientComorbidityDisabilityDisease assessmentEpilepsyFamily relationFeasibility studyFemaleHumanIntegrationLaryngectomyLondon handicap scaleMajor clinical studyMaleMultiple sclerosisPatient autonomyRheumatoid arthritisSelf reportSocial interactionValidation studyWork capacity To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:ac6bcc27-7b2f-417e-8740-b7463a38bc63 DOI https://doi.org/10.3233/bmr-140534 TNO identifier 524742 ISSN 1053-8127 Source Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 28 (2), 401-408 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.