Open Access Research article

The Patient Enablement Instrument-French version in a family practice setting: a reliability study

Catherine Hudon12*, Martin Fortin12, Francis Rossignol3, Susie Bernier2 and Marie-Eve Poitras2

Author Affiliations

1 Département de médecine de famille, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

2 Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada

3 Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

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BMC Family Practice 2011, 12:71  doi:10.1186/1471-2296-12-71

Published: 7 July 2011

Abstract

Background

Patient enablement can be defined as the extent to which a patient is capable of understanding and coping with his or her health issues. This concept is linked to a number of health outcomes such as self-management of chronic diseases and quality of life. The Patient Enablement Instrument (PEI) was designed to measure this concept after a medical consultation. The instrument, in its original form and its translations into several languages, has proven to be reliable and valid. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability of the French version of the PEI (PEI-Fv) in a family practice setting.

Methods

One hundred and ten participants were recruited in a family medicine clinic in the Saguenay region of Quebec (Canada). The PEI-Fv was completed twice, immediately after consultation with a physician (T1) and 2 weeks after the consultation (T2). The internal consistency of the tool was assessed with Cronbach's α and test-retest reliability by intraclass correlation coefficient.

Results

The mean score for the PEI-Fv was 5.06 ± 3.97 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 4.30-5.81) at T1 and 4.63 ± 3.90 (95% CI: 3.82-5.44) at T2. Cronbach's α was high at T1 (α1 = 0.93; 95% CI: 0.91-0.95) and T2 (α2 = 0.93; 95% CI: 0.91-0.95). The intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.62 (95% CI: 0.48-0.74), indicating a moderate test-retest reliability.

Conclusions

The internal consistency of the PEI-Fv is excellent. Test-retest reliability was moderate to good. Test-retest reliability should be examined in further studies at a less than 2-week interval to reduce maturation bias. This instrument can be used to measure enablement after consultation in a French-speaking family practice setting.