[Pretest survey on the Chinese menopause rating scale].
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OBJECTIVE: To select the items from the Chinese menopause rating scale (CMRS) through pre-testing those people with menopausal syndromes. METHODS: 293 people were surveyed in Guangzhou in 2005, among which 196 people with menopausal syndromes and others without. Psychometrics methods were employed to develop the scale. The item pools were all round. Methods used would include: focus group discussion and interviews, subjective evaluation method and Delphi method, to preliminarily screen the items. Data on scales measured from 196 cases with and 97 subjects without menopausal syndromes during the menopausal period, were collected. Again, seven statistical methods were employed to select the items. RESULTS: The 40-items scale for menopausal syndrome was formed to include: a) three domains: somatic (18-items), psychological (14-items) and social (5-items); b) one general appraisal item; c) two lie-test items. CONCLUSION: The Chinese menopausal syndrome scale we used seemed to possess good content validity, feasibility and intra-class reliability.
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