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Establishing the reliability of the European Brain Injury Questionnaire (EBIQ).
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 11(S2), 70
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In 1997 Teasdale et al. published the European Brain Injury Questionnaire, a self-report measure concerning the subjective experience of cognitive, emotional and social difficulties designed to be given to people with brain injury and their close relatives. The study discriminated between people with brain injury and controls and between people with stroke or traumatic brain injury. Responses can be analysed in terms of nine subscales. It is now used in several rehabilitation centres as an outcome measure even though test-retest reliability has not been determined. The primary purpose of this study was to improve our knowledge of the properties of a clinically used questionnaire and to find out whether this test is reliable over time. The questionnaire was administered twice within a month to people with brain injury (N=50) and controls (n=50). The results showed a significant test-retest reliability for both groups. It is concluded that the EBIQ is a clinically reliable measure to determine the subjective well being of people with brain injury and to assess change of subjective concerns over time. Ease of administration and analysis suggests that the questionnaire provides a useful and efficient tool for clinicians to measure different subjective domains in people with brain injury. Presented at the International Neuropsychological Society, British Neuropsychological Society and the Division of Neuropsychology of the British Psychological Society, Joint Mid-Year Meeting, July 6-9, 2005, Dublin, Ireland