ISSN 1308-7649 | E-ISSN 2148-3817
Original Article
Validity and Test-Retest Reliability of the Dutch Version of the Chronic Otitis Media Benefit Inventory
1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck surgery, Sint-Augustinus Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium  
J Int Adv Otol 2019; 15: 34-37
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2019.6339
Key Words: COMBI, chronic otitis media, validity, test-retest reliability, quality of life
Abstract

 

OBJECTIVES: We aimed to test the validity and test-retest reliability of the Dutch translation of the Chronic Otitis Media Benefit Inventory (COMBI) questionnaire.

 

MATERIALS and METHODS: In total, 30 chronic otitis media (COM) patients with a previous ear surgery completed the questionnaire; 30 patients with a negative medical history of COM complaints and with previous non-otologic surgery as the control group completed the questionnaire. For estimating the test–retest reliability, patients of the COM group completed the questionnaire twice; the scores were compared to those of the control group to test the validity.

 

RESULTS: The overall COMBI score ranged as 32-60 in the patient test group, 32-60 in the patient retest group, and 35-40 in the control group. A mean (standard deviation) score of 43.87 (6.81) in the patient test group, 44.4 (6.83) in the patient retest group, and 36.7 (1.29) in the control group was noted. Post-intervention, the COM patients had a significantly higher absolute COMBI score compared to the control group. The diagnostic accuracy was investigated, and a cut-off score of 38.5 was found to have a high sensitivity and specificity in distinguishing a significant positive change from an insignificant change after the intervention. The average-measures intra-class correlation coefficient for absolute agreement (ICCAA) was 0.985 (95% confidence interval: 0.969-0.993), indicating an excellent test–retest reliability in the control group.

 

CONCLUSION: The Dutch version of the COMBI questionnaire has a good validity, diagnostic accuracy, and test-retest reliability.

 

Cite this article as: De Greve G, van Dinther J, Maryn Y, Vanspauwen R, Zarowski A, Offeciers E. Validity and Test-Retest Reliability of the Dutch Version of the Chronic Otitis Media Benefit Inventory. J Int Adv Otol 2019; 15(1): 34-7.

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