Validation of a rheumatoid arthritis health-related quality of life instrument, the CSHQ-RA




To test the validity and reliability of a newly developed disease-specific multidimensional quality of life instrument: the Cedars-Sinai Health-Related Quality of Life Instrument (CSHQ-RA).


A total of 350 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients were asked to complete the CSHQ-RA at 2 time points (4 weeks apart). Patients also completed the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36 (SF-36) and the Stanford Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) Disability Index (DI) at the second time point. Construct validity was tested, using Pearson's correlations, by comparing subscale scores on the CSHQ-RA to those obtained from the mental component summary (MCS) and physical component summary (PCS) of the SF-36. HAQ DI scores were used to assess the discriminant validity of the CSHQ-RA. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) were used to assess test–retest reliability.


Response rates for the first and second survey were 83% (291) and 93% (276), respectively; 84% of respondents were women, and mean age was 57 years. Mean scores ± SDs on instruments were: HAQ 0.73 ± 0.69; MCS 49 ± 12; and PCS 33 ± 11. Pearson's correlations between the CSHQ-RA subscale scores and the SF-36 scores ranged from 0.55 to 0.76 (P < 0.001). Analysis of variance indicate that scores on the CSHQ-RA discriminated between levels of physical disability as measured by the HAQ (P < 0.001). Test–retest reliability was demonstrated in the instrument's subscale scores (ICC 0.70–0.90).


These results support the construct validity, discriminant validity, and reliability of the CSHQ-RA as a measure that captures the impact of RA on patients' health-related quality of life.