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Validation of the Italian version of the Functioning Assessment Short Test (FAST) for bipolar disorder

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 September 2012

A. Barbato*
Affiliation:
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy
L. Bossini
Affiliation:
Department of Mental Health and Molecular Medicine, University of Siena, Siena, Italy
S. Calugi
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine and Public Health, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
B. D'Avanzo
Affiliation:
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy
A. Fagiolini
Affiliation:
Department of Mental Health and Molecular Medicine, University of Siena, Siena, Italy
D. Koukouna
Affiliation:
Department of Mental Health and Molecular Medicine, University of Siena, Siena, Italy
A. Parabiaghi
Affiliation:
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy
F. Rapisarda
Affiliation:
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy
P. Rucci
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine and Public Health, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
M. Vallarino
Affiliation:
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy
*
*Address for correspondence: Dr A. Barbato, Laboratory of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Via La Masa 19, 20156 Milano, Italy. (Email: angelo.barbato@marionegri.it)

Abstract

Aim.

The Functioning Assessment Short Test (FAST) is a useful instrument for the assessment of overall functioning of people with bipolar disorder, showing good psychometric properties. The aim of this study is to validate the Italian version of FAST.

Methods.

Translation and back-translation of the original FAST Spanish version were performed. Participants with bipolar disorder (n = 132) and healthy controls (n = 132) completed the FAST as a part of an assessment package including the Montgomery–Asberg Depression Rating Scale and the Young Mania Rating Scale. Internal consistency, inter-rater reliability, construct and discriminant validity were assessed.

Results.

The FAST Italian version showed good internal consistency, inter-rater reliability and discriminant validity. The cut-off discriminating patients from controls was 15, with a sensitivity of 0.79 and a specificity of 0.80. Principal component analysis with oblique rotation showed factor loadings consistent with the a priori structure of the instrument.

Conclusions.

This study confirmed the psychometric properties of FAST and extended its generalization and validity to the Italian population.

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