Translation and pilot validation of the Danish version of the Everyday Technology Use Questionnaire (ETUQ): applied with older adults and adults living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Tina Helle, Rina Juel Kaptain, Anders Kottorp, Louise Nygaard, Lena Rosenberg

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Background: The use of everyday technologies has grown rapidly during the last decades and become an increasing part of people’s everyday life, and also now include the use of e-health technologies that are used on a daily basis for persons living with chronic health conditions, e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There are however no validated assessments targeting the competence to use everyday- and e-health technology for these people. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the validity of the Danish version of the Everyday Technology Use Questionnaire (ETUQ) in a sample of older persons with or without COPD where additional e-health items are included.
Method: The ETUQ was initially systematically translated according to a dual panel approach. 47 persons with and without COPD were then interviewed using the tool. A Rasch model was used to evaluate aspects of validity evidence in relation to response processes, internal scale validity and precision in measures.
Results: After collapsing some scale step categories used in the ETUQ, a reduced number of items (n=40) demonstrated acceptable goodness-of-fit to the Rasch model. This reduced number of items demonstrated overall high unidimensionality, person response validity and precision in measures.
Conclusion: The findings from this pilot study support the use of ETUQ as a validated functional outcomes assessment also in people with COPD in Denmark.
Application to Practice: Inclusion of everyday e-health items in the ETUQ supports use of the tool to evaluate and predict the potential use of such health care approaches in praxis.

Original languageEnglish
Publication dateJun 2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
EventCOTEC - ENOTHE - Galway, Ireland
Duration: 15 Jun 201619 Jun 2016


ConferenceCOTEC - ENOTHE


  • occupational therapy

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