Spanish Adaptation of the Pediatric Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale for Children, Teens, and Caregivers

Title

Spanish Adaptation of the Pediatric Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale for Children, Teens, and Caregivers

Creator

Requena ML; Orellana L; Cordeiro V; Luna F; Bevilacqua MS; Gomez K; Wolfe J; Dussel V

Publisher

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Date

2020

Subject

cancer; Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale; Msas; patient reported outcomes; pediatrics; symptom assessment; symptom distress; validity

Description

CONTEXT: There are no validated Spanish tools to assess symptom burden in pediatric cancer. The Pediatric Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (Pediatric-MSAS) is an English valid multidimensional and comprehensive instrument. OBJECTIVES: To validate Pediatric-MSAS-Spanish (MSAS-Child, MSAS-Teen, and MSAS-Caregiver versions) in cancer patients treated in two public hospitals in Buenos Aires, Argentina. METHODS: Cross-sectional study, classical psychometric theory. We recruited a convenience sample of 148 caregivers of children ≥2 years old, 51 young children (7 to 12 years) and 48 adolescents (≥13 years). We assessed feasibility, comprehensibility, internal consistency, and convergent and known-groups validity. RESULTS: Pediatric-MSAS-Spanish was feasible, acceptable and comprehensible. Reliability of MSAS-total and subscale scores was satisfactory (Cronbach alpha: 0.90, 0.89, 0.71 respectively for caregiver, teen, and child MSAS-total score). MSAS-total caregiver, teen, and child scores met a priori criteria for convergent validity correlating with Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory total scores (Spearman correlation (r(s))=-0.59, -0.66, and -0.32, respectively) and visual-analogue-wellbeing scores (r(s)=-0.63, -0.46, and -0.4, respectively). Caregiver-teen correlation was strong for total (r(s)=0.78) and physical (r(s)=0.85) scores, and moderate for global distress index (GDI) (r(s)=0.64) and psychological (r(s)=0.45) scores. MSAS-total caregiver-child correlation was moderate (r(s)=0.30) and Kappa analysis showed poor agreement. All MSAS-Caregiver scores and MSAS-Teen total and physical scores differentiated inpatients/outpatients and patients on/off-treatment, while MSAS-Teen psychological and GDI subscales or MSAS-Child scores did not. CONCLUSION: Pediatric-MSAS-Spanish is feasible and reliable for assessing symptom burden in children with cancer. Validity of MSAS-Caregiver and MSAS-Teen was largely supported. Further work on MSAS-Child is warranted.

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Citation List Month

December 2020 List

Collection

Citation

Requena ML; Orellana L; Cordeiro V; Luna F; Bevilacqua MS; Gomez K; Wolfe J; Dussel V, “Spanish Adaptation of the Pediatric Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale for Children, Teens, and Caregivers,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 27, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17295.

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