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Validation of a New Dyspnea Measure : The UCSD Shortness of Breath Questionnaire

Elizabeth G. Eakin; Pamela M. Resnikoff; Lela M. Prewitt; Andrew L. Ries; Robert M. Kaplan
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Affiliations: From the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University, San Diego,  From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California, San Diego,  From the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego

Affiliations: From the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University, San Diego,  From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California, San Diego,  From the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego

Affiliations: From the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University, San Diego,  From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California, San Diego,  From the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego


1998 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1998;113(3):619-624. doi:10.1378/chest.113.3.619
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Abstract

Objective: Evaluate the reliability and validity of a new version of the University of California, San Diego Shortness of Breath Questionnaire (SOBQ), a 24-item measure that assesses self-reported shortness of breath while performing a variety of activities of daily living.

Design: Patients enrolled in a pulmonary rehabilitation program were asked to complete the SOBQ, the Quality of Weil-Being Scale, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, and a 6-min walk with modified Borg scale ratings of perceived breathlessness following the walk.

Setting: University medical center pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Patients: Thirty-two male subjects and 22 female subjects with a variety of pulmonary diagnoses: COPD (n=28), cystic fibrosis (n=9), and postlung transplant (n=17).

Measurements and results: The current version of the SOBQ was compared with the previous version, the format of which often resulted in a significant number of "not applicable" answers. The results demonstrated that the SOBQ had excellent internal consistency (a=0.96). The SOBQ was also significantly correlated with all validity criteria.

Conclusions: The SOBQ is a valuable assessment tool in both clinical practice and research in patients with moderate-to-severe lung disease.


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