Development and validation of a questionnaire designed to measure foot-health status

PJ BennettSchool of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. p.bennett@qut.edu.au

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C PattersonSchool of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. p.bennett@qut.edu.au

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S WearingSchool of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. p.bennett@qut.edu.au

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T BaglioniSchool of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. p.bennett@qut.edu.au

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The aim of this study was to apply the principles of content, criterion, and construct validation to a new questionnaire specifically designed to measure foot-health status. One hundred eleven subjects completed two different questionnaires designed to measure foot health (the new Foot Health Status Questionnaire and the previously validated Foot Function Index) and underwent a clinical examination in order to provide data for a second-order confirmatory factor analysis. Presented herein is a psychometrically evaluated questionnaire that contains 13 items covering foot pain, foot function, footwear, and general foot health. The tool demonstrates a high degree of content, criterion, and construct validity and test-retest reliability.