Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the Barthel Index in an Italian ischemic stroke population in the acute phase: a cross-sectional study
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The objective of this study was to assess and validate the psychometric properties of the Italian culturally adapted Barthel Index (IcaBI) in a cohort of people with ischemic stroke. The validation process was conducted in an Italian cohort of 99 stroke inpatients to whom the IcaBI was administered in order to test its structural validity, and inter-and intrarater reliability. The internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha) was 0.901. Factor analysis revealed a two-factor structure. The interclass correlation coefficient 3,1 (ICC) for intra-rater reliability was estimated at 0.987 (95% CI: 0.975-0.993), while the ICC for inter-rater reliability was 0.909 (95% CI: 0.852-0.948). This study demonstrates the psychometric properties of the IcaBI in an Italian stroke population, and therefore shows that the scale can be considered a valid and reliable assessment tool for measuring functional disability in Italian acute ischemic stroke survivors.
KEY WORDS: Barthel Index, functional disability, stroke, validation.