Examining the Reliability and Validity of the Milwaukee Evaluation of Daily Living Skills for Patients with Chronic Psychiatric Disorders

Mahdie Seyedi, Akram Mohammadi, Ashraf Nouri, Farkhondeh Jamshidi

Abstract


Background: Present study aimed to examine the reliability and validity of the Milwaukee Evaluation of Daily Living Skills for patients with chronic psychiatric disorders.

Method: Personal Demographic Information and the Milwaukee Evaluation of Daily Living Skills were used in order to collect the related data. This is a methodological study and the study population included the patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder hospitalized in residential, medical and rehabilitation centers of Hamadan Province, Iran. Sampling was done based on availability. First, the Milwaukee Evaluation of Daily Living Skills was translated based on IQOLA protocol. Data collected from 60 patients were analyzed using SPSS software. In this study, discriminant validity, test-retest reliability, inter rater reliability and intra class correlation coefficient were examined following analysis of the content validity. Findings: an agreement degree of 100 percent was found by the interpreters on the items of Milwaukee Evaluation of Daily Living Skills and total quality of translation. The Pearson correlation coefficient for the inter rater reliability was 40 to 100 percent in this study. The test-retest reliability was found for all sub-tests except for test 15 (security at home) and 17 (Awareness of time). There was a significant relationship between marital status and job of the patients in examining discriminate validity and there was no scores gained. There was also a significant relationship in most of the sub-tests regarding the other items (age, gender, disease diagnosis, and the age of  onset). Results: in examining the content validity, all the items were related to the tested concept and all the words fitted the Iranian culture. The test had inter rater reliability, test-retest reliability and discriminate validity. Thus, the Milwaukee Evaluation of Daily Living Skills can be an appropriate instrument to be used in clinics or as research instrument. 


Keywords


Daily living skills, reliability, validity, patients with chronic psychiatric disorders.

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