The development and preliminary testing of an instrument to measure the perceived economic burden of a subtype of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) on patients and families in Newfoundland

Enright, Glenn (2016) The development and preliminary testing of an instrument to measure the perceived economic burden of a subtype of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) on patients and families in Newfoundland. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The goal of this thesis was to develop, construct, and validate the Perceived Economic Burden scale to quantitatively measure the burden associated with a subtype Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in families from the island of Newfoundland. An original 76 item self-administered survey was designed using content from existing literature as well as themes from qualitative research conducted by our team and distributed to individuals of families known to be at risk for the disease. A response rate of 37.2% (n = 64) was achieved between December 2013 and May 2014. Tests for data quality, Likert scale assumptions and scale reliability were conducted and provided preliminary evidence of the psychometric properties of the final constructed perceived economic burden of ARVC scale comprising 62 items in five sections. Findings indicated that being an affected male was a significant predictor of increased perceived economic burden in the majority of economic burden measures. Affected males also reported an increased likelihood of going on disability and difficulty obtaining insurance. Affected females also had an increased perceived financial burden. Preliminary results suggest that a perceived economic burden exists within the ARVC population in Newfoundland.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11755
Item ID: 11755
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 101-112).
Keywords: Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy, ARVC, Economic, Burden, Genetic, Heritable, Heart Disease, Survey Development, Measurement, Instrument, Psychometric Testing, Validation
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Date: May 2016
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Myocardium--Diseases--Newfoundland and Labrador; Heart--Right ventricle--Diseases--Newfoundland and Labrador; Psychometrics; Patients--Newfoundland and Labrador--Finance, Personal
Medical Subject Heading: Heart Diseases--Newfoundland and Labrador; Heart Ventricles; Psychometrics; Patients--Newfoundland and Labrador; Financing, Personal--Newfoundland and Labrador

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