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Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the universal Portuguese-version of the Pediatric Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy - Fatigue (pedsFACIT-F)

  • Fernandes, Karla P.
  • Teixeira, Bruno S.
  • Arnold, Benjamin J.
  • Mendonça, Tânia M. da S.
  • Oliveira, Sthela M.
  • Silva, Carlos Henrique M. da
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2020
Scientific Electronic Library Online - Brazil
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Abstract Objective: To cross-culturally adapt and validate the universal Portuguese version of the Pediatric Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy - Fatigue (pedsFACIT-F). Method: The universal Portuguese version of the pedsFACIT-F was cross-culturally adapted and validated in 323 children and adolescents aged 8-18 years, 173 healthy individuals, and 150 with chronic diseases (cancer, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and diabetes). Reliability (internal consistency and test-retest reliability) was assessed. Item response theory model assumptions were evaluated using confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses. Items were calibrated using a graded response model. Differential item functioning was assessed regarding age, gender, and clinical condition (healthy vs. chronic diseases). Results: No major cultural adaptations were needed. Internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = 0.84) and test-retest reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.92) were good. CFA (CFI = 0.92, TLI = 0.90, RMSEA = 0.097) and CFE analysis confirmed sufficient unidimensionality. The data also fit the GRM and demonstrated good coverage of the fatigue construct (threshold parameters range: -1.42 to 4.56). No items demonstrated significant differential item functioning. Conclusion: The universal Portuguese version of the pedsFACIT-F provides a reliable, precise, and valid measure after being assessed by robust psychometric properties. Stability of the measurement properties of the pedsFACIT-F scale allows its use to assess fatigue in clinical research in Portuguese-speaking children and adolescents.

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