Measurement Properties of the Attitudes to Gene Therapy for the Eye (AGT-Eye) Instrument for People With Inherited Retinal Diseases

Myra B. McGuinness, Alexis Ceecee Britten-Jones, Lauren N. Ayton, Robert P. Finger, Fred K. Chen, John Grigg, Heather G. Mack

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Purpose: To assess the measurement properties of the Attitudes to Gene Therapy for the Eye (AGT-Eye) instrument among Australian adults with inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) and parents/caregivers of people with IRDs. Constructs of interest included sources of information, knowledge of treatment methods, awareness of treatment outcomes, and perceived value of gene therapy for IRDs. Methods: A cross-sectional, self-reported, 30-item questionnaire was administered in English from January to June 2021. It was predominantly conducted online with phone and paper alternatives available. Rating scale models were generated separately for each of the four subscales to assess fit, discrimination, and differential item functioning of the items, as well as targeting, reliability, and precision of the subscales. Principal components analysis was used to assess dimensionality. Results: Responses from 681 participants (87.1% online, 12.9% phone/mail) were included (ages 18-93 years; 51.7% female). Removal of two poorly performing items slightly improved subscale properties. Item reliability was high for each of the subscales; however, person reliability was suboptimal, with limited ability to stratify participants according to traits (person separation coefficient < 1.8 for each subscale). There was no evidence of differential item functioning by gender, online completion, or patient/caregiver status. Evidence of multidimensionality was detected for two subscales. Conclusions: Four subscales of the AGT-Eye will be used to analyze operational knowledge and perceived value of ocular gene therapy in Australia. Measurement properties may be improved with the generation of additional items. Translational Relevance: Physicians can use the AGT-Eye to assess knowledge and expectations of potential recipients of ocular gene therapy for IRDs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14
Pages (from-to)14
Number of pages1
JournalTranslational vision science & technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


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