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Neumología y cirugía de tórax

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PEDROZO-PUPO, John Carlos  and  CAMPO-ARIAS, Adalberto. Clinimetric performance of the COPD Assement Test. Neumol. cir. torax [online]. 2017, vol.76, n.3, pp.248-252. ISSN 0028-3746.


The COPD assessment test (CAT) is a tool to assess the quality of life among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, its reliability and dimensionality are unknown in the Colombian context.


To know the reliability and dimensional of CAT in a sample of patients from the city of Santa Marta, Colombia.

Material and method:

A clinimetric or methodological study was designed with participation of 292 adults suffered from COPD, aged between 49 and 95 years (mean = 73.5, SD = 8.7), 61.6% of sample were men and 38.4%, women. Participants completed the eight items of CAT. Internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha and McDonald’s omega) and dimensionality (exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, EFA and CFA) were determined.


Internal consistency of 0.71 was observed for both Cronbach’s alpha and McDonald’s omega. The solution for the one dimension explained 34.4% of the variance, with poor indicators of goodness adjustments in the CFA (χ2 = 126.1, df = 20, p = 0.001, RMSEA = 0.13, IC 90% 0.11-0.15, CFI = 0.75, TLI = 0.66 and SMSR = 0.08).


The CAT has modest internal consistency; however, the one-dimensional structure shows poor goodness of fit in patients with COPD in Santa Marta, Colombia. It is necessary to corroborate these findings in other populations.

Keywords : Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; quality of life; reliability and validity; validation studies.

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