Telephone reliability of the Frenchay Activity Index and EQ-5D amongst older adults

McPhail, Steven, Lane, Paul, Russell, Trevor, Brauer, Sandra G., Urry, Steven, Jasiewicz, Jan, Condie, Peter and Haines, Terry (2009) Telephone reliability of the Frenchay Activity Index and EQ-5D amongst older adults. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 7 48.1-48.8. doi:10.1186/1477-7525-7-48

Author McPhail, Steven
Lane, Paul
Russell, Trevor
Brauer, Sandra G.
Urry, Steven
Jasiewicz, Jan
Condie, Peter
Haines, Terry
Title Telephone reliability of the Frenchay Activity Index and EQ-5D amongst older adults
Journal name Health and Quality of Life Outcomes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-7525
Publication date 2009-05-29
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1477-7525-7-48
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Start page 48.1
End page 48.8
Total pages 8
Editor Holger Schunemann
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
920502 Health Related to Ageing
110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology
Formatted abstract
Background: Older adults may find it problematic to attend hospital appointments due to the difficulty associated with travelling to, within and from a hospital facility for the purpose of a face-to-face assessment. This study aims to investigate equivalence between telephone and face-to-face administration for the Frenchay Activities Index (FAI) and the Euroqol-5D (EQ-5D) generic healthrelated quality of life instrument amongst an older adult population.

Patients aged >65 (n = 53) who had been discharged to the community following an acute hospital admission underwent telephone administration of the FAI and EQ-5D instruments seven days prior to attending a hospital outpatient appointment where they completed a face-toface administration of these instruments.

Results: Overall, 40 subjects' datasets were complete for both assessments and included in analysis. The FAI items had high levels of agreement between the two modes of administration (item kappa's ranged 0.73 to 1.00) as did the EQ-5D (item kappa's ranged 0.67–0.83). For the FAI, EQ-5D VAS and EQ-5D utility score, intraclass correlation coefficients were 0.94, 0.58 and 0.82 respectively with paired t-tests indicating no significant systematic difference (p = 0.100, p = 0.690 and p = 0.290 respectively).

Telephone administration of the FAI and EQ-5D instruments provides comparable results to face-to-face administration amongst older adults deemed to have cognitive functioning intact at a basic level, indicating that this is a suitable alternate approach for collection of this information.
Keyword Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number 48

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