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Psychometric testing of the Norwegian Diabetes Health Profile (DHP-18) in patients with type 1 diabetes
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    Psychometric testing of the Norwegian Diabetes Health Profile (DHP-18) in patients with type 1 diabetes

    As author of the Diabetes Health Profile, I felt that overall the paper provided a generally balanced report of your study, I have however, a number of issues regarding your report.

    First, although resulting in a high alpha coefficient (0.79), it is incorrect to calculate an alpha score for the total number of items when the scale itself is multidimensional (Oranges and apples). In doing so, it can result in an overall low alpha score. In this case it is fortunate that the value was high. Had this been a low score this would have been perceived as a negative result to the less knowledgeable.

    Secondly, with regard to responsiveness to change, a crude method for measuring change in score was used together with a very limited patient sample. Although the limitation of the methodology was discussed to some extent in the discussion, it would have been preferable at least to measure at both pre and post for each of the three scale domains. Minimally Important Difference (MID) values are available for the DHP that would enable the smallest change in score that is clinically significant to be measured.

    Thirdly, in the section ‘Significance of the study’ it would have been more appropriate that the final comment on implementation in clinical practice and studies should have been limited to the ‘Norwegian’ version of the DHP-18. As currently phrased this is rather general and suggests the use of the DHP-18 in clinical studies per se.

    Finally, permi...

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    Author of the Diabetes Health Profile