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AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We wanted to identify a five-item short form of the Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale and a single-item measure for rapid screening of diabetes-related emotional distress. METHODS: Using an existing database of 1,153 patients with diabetes, we conducted a principal-components analysis to identify a set of five items and then conducted a reliability analysis and validity checks. From those five items, we identified the item with the strongest psychometric properties as a one-item screening tool. RESULTS: We identified a reliable and valid short version of the Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale (PAID) comprising five of the emotional-distress questions of the full PAID items (PAID-5, with items 3, 6, 12, 16, 19). The PAID-5 has satisfactory sensitivity (94%) and specificity (89%) for recognition of diabetes-related emotional distress. We also identified a one-item screening tool, the PAID-1 (Question 12: Worrying about the future and the possibility of serious complications), which has concurrent sensitivity and specificity of about 80% for the recognition of diabetes-related emotional distress. CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION: The PAID-5 and PAID-1 appear to be psychometrically robust short-form measures of diabetes-related emotional distress.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s00125-009-1559-5

Type

Journal article

Journal

Diabetologia

Publication Date

01/2010

Volume

53

Pages

66 - 69

Keywords

Diabetes Mellitus, Diet, Diabetic, Emotions, Employment, Female, Humans, Hypoglycemic Agents, Insulin, Male, Middle Aged, Psychometrics, Sensitivity and Specificity, Social Support, Stress, Psychological