The International FItness Scale (IFIS): construct validity and reliability in women with fibromyalgia. The al-Ándalus project.

Inmaculada C Álvarez-Gallardo, Alberto Soriano-Maldonado, Víctor Segura-Jiménez, Ana Carbonell-Baeza, Fernando Estévez-López, JG McVeigh, Manuel Delgado-Fernández, Francisco B Ortega

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    Objective. To examine the construct validity of the International FItness Scale (IFIS, i.e. self-reported fitness) against objectively measured physical fitness in women with fibromyalgia and in healthy women; and study the test-retest reliability of the IFIS in women with fibromyalgia.Design. Cross-sectional study.Setting. Fibromyalgia patient support groups in Andalusia, southern Spain.Participants. 413 women with fibromyalgia and 195 healthy women (controls) for validity purposes and 101 women with fibromyalgia for the reliability study.InterventionNot applicable.Main Outcome Measures. Fitness level was both self-reported (IFIS) and measured using performance-based fitness tests. For the reliability study the IFIS was completed on two occasions, one week apart.Results. Women with fibromyalgia who reported average fitness had better measured fitness compared with those reporting very poor fitness (all p
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Volume96
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Aug 2015

    Keywords

    • Cardiorespiratory fitness
    • Chronic pain
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Muscle strength
    • Physical fitness
    • Self-reported measures

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    Álvarez-Gallardo, I. C., Soriano-Maldonado, A., Segura-Jiménez, V., Carbonell-Baeza, A., Estévez-López, F., McVeigh, JG., ... Ortega, F. B. (2015). The International FItness Scale (IFIS): construct validity and reliability in women with fibromyalgia. The al-Ándalus project. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2015.08.416