Reproducibilidad y sensibilidad del cuestionario "Impacto del peso en la calidad de vida" en mexicanos obesos

Translated title of the contribution: Reproducibility and sensitivity of the questionnaire "Impact of weight on quality of life" in Mexican obese

Victoria Eugenia Bolado-García, Juan Carlos López-Alvarenga, Jorge González-Barranco, Anthony G. Comuzzie

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    Objective: Determine if the Spanish version of the IWQOL (Impact of Weight on Quality of Life) questionnaire is reproducible and sensitive to detect differences among WHO's classification of obesity. Methods: The IWQOL was translated into Spanish and adapted to the Mexican context while maintaining a wide comprehensive vocabulary applicable to Latin American countries. We measured reproducibility using a test-retest method (n=82, BMI 37.8±8.4), sensitivity to detect differences between types of obesity (n=105, BMI 35.1±9.5), and sensitivity to detect differences after treatment for weight loss within groups (n=40, BMI 39.2±7). Results: The IWQOL questionnaire was reliable and sensitive enough to detect differences among and within groups. All domains were highly reproducible (scores differed by less than 2 points) and had high internal validity (Cronbach alpha coefficient>0.92 for all scales). The IWQOL detected differences between groups stratified by severity of obesity, the lowest score was for BMI>45. Subjects who underwent weight loss treatment and lost 6.4 kg (95%CI 4.6, 8.2) during a period of 2.70±1 month had an improvement in all scales except for the "Work" domain. Conclusions: The IWQOL questionnaire is a reliable and sensitive tool that can be used for research purposes in Mexico and the Latin America region. Our study validates the use of IWQOL among Mexican subjects.

    Original languageSpanish
    Pages (from-to)419-425
    Number of pages7
    JournalGaceta Medica de Mexico
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2008



    • Obesity
    • Quality of life
    • Questionnaire design
    • Self concept
    • Validation studies

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)

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    Bolado-García, V. E., López-Alvarenga, J. C., González-Barranco, J., & Comuzzie, A. G. (2008). Reproducibilidad y sensibilidad del cuestionario "Impacto del peso en la calidad de vida" en mexicanos obesos. Gaceta Medica de Mexico, 144(5), 419-425.