The purpose of this study is to assess the validity of the
Medical Symptoms Questionnaire (MSQ) as a clinical and research
tool to track patient assessed well being and progress over the
course of treatment in a multidisciplinary clinical setting.
The MSQ has been found to be practical and useful by functional
medical practitioners. Because it is not a validated tool, we
have designed a research project to establish the validity beyond
internal use with the intent of both refining the MSQ as a clinical
tool and using the data collected for future publication of this
Clinicians will be asked to track their patients progress with
both the DYNA SF 36, a validated tool for patient self assessed
generic quality of life (QOL), and concurrently fill out an MSQ.
Once a sufficient amount of data has been collected (preferably
30 complete DYNA’s and contemporaneous MSQ’s), presumptively
three DYNA’s and MSQ’s over a six month period, the
data will be collated as reviewed.
We expect to see a correlation between DYNA scores and MSQ scores,
as they measure associated phenomena. As DYNA scores increase,
we expect to see a drop in MSQ scores over the same period of
In addition to this study, and independent statistical reliability study will
be done on MSQ’s alone. The design of this study is to gather data on
the short term statistical reliability of the MSQ. We will ask patients to
take an MSQ and then to repeat the MSQ within 24 hours. This will allow us
to run several well established statistical analytical tools to establish a
base line reliability for the MSQ. This is a short term study that will be
carried out internally and done in collaboration with the Minnenger Department
of Psychology at Baylor College of Medicine.
This will act as an internal validation of the MSQ as a reliable clinical and
This project is currently in progress and it our intention to publish our findings
about the reliability of this survey.
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