Assessing the impact of growth hormone deficiency and treatment in adults: development of a new disease-specific measure

Meryl Brod, Lise Højbjerre, Johan Erpur Adalsteinsson, Michael Højby Rasmussen
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2014, 99 (4): 1204-12

CONTEXT: Approximately 50 000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with GH deficiency, which has negative impacts on cognitive functioning, psychological well-being, and quality of life.

OBJECTIVE: This paper presents development and validation of a patient-reported outcome measure (PRO), the Treatment-Related Impact Measure-Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency (TRIM-AGHD). The TRIM-AGHD was developed to measure the impact of GH deficiency and its treatment.

DESIGN AND SETTINGS: The development and validation of the TRIM-AGHD was conducted according to the Food and Drug Administration guidance on the development of PROs. Concept elicitation, conducted in three countries included interviews with patients, clinical experts, and literature review. Qualitative data were analyzed based on grounded theory principles, and draft items were cognitively debriefed. The measure underwent psychometric validation in a US clinic-based population. An a priori statistical analysis plan included assessment of the measurement model, reliability, and validity. Item functioning was reviewed using item response theory analyses.

PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Forty-eight patients and six clinical experts participated in concept elicitation and 169 patients completed the validation study.


RESULTS: Factor analysis resulted in four domains: energy level, physical health, emotional health, and cognitive ability. The item response theory confirmed adequate item fit and placement within their domain. Internal consistency ranged from 0.82 to 0.95 and test-retest ranged from 0.80 to 0.92. All prespecified hypotheses for convergent validity and all but two for discriminant validity were met.

CONCLUSIONS: The final 26-item TRIM-AGHD can be considered a reliable and valid PRO of the impact of disease and treatment for adult GH deficiency.

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