The reduced Impact of Psoriasis Questionnaire has good psychometric properties in Italian patients

Tamar Nijsten, Francesca Sampogna, Robert S. Stern, Damiano Abeni

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Background: A recent refinement study suggested that a Rasch reduced version of the Impact of Psoriasis Questionnaire (IPSO) of 11 items most adequately assessed the psychosocial impact of US psoriasis patients. Objective: To test whether the IPSO would also behave well in a different population that varies culturally, demographically, and in disease severity. Methods: The psychometric properties of the IPSO, using classical test and item response theory (Rasch analysis), were assessed in 805 Italian psoriasis patients. Results: Patients with more severe psoriasis reported significantly higher impact on their HRQOL (p <0.001) and the IPSO correlated well with the Skindex-29 (r = 0.74) confirming its validity. The response distribution was adequate for all items, except item 9. The Cronbach's alphas were excellent and the high item-rest correlations confirmed its homogeneity. Principal component analysis demonstrated one dominant factor with an eigenvalue of 4.47 (items loading >0.40). Overall, the 11 IPSO items fitted the Rasch model (p = 0.07) and all items demonstrated a logical threshold order. Of the 11 items, 2 items showed significant individual misfit and only 1 item demonstrated significant differential item functioning for age but none for gender or global severity score. Conclusion: The 11-item IPSO is a valuable psoriasis-specific HRQOL instrument in different populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-351
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007


  • Health-related quality of life
  • Impact of Psoriasis Questionnaire
  • Psoriasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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