Post-intensive care screening: French translation and validation of the Healthy Aging Brain Care-Monitor, hybrid version

Geoffrey Horlait, Charlotte Beaudart, Laurine Bougard, Stephen Bornheim, Camille Colson, Benoit Misset, Olivier Bruyère, Malaz Boustani, Anne Françoise Rousseau

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Background: The Healthy Aging Brain Care-Monitor (HABC-M) questionnaires (self-reported version and caregiver version) have been validated for post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) detection in patients surviving a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU). Their authors have also developed a hybrid version (HABC-M-HV) suited to the daily needs of their post-ICU follow-up clinic. The objectives of the present cross-sectional observational study were to translate the HABC-M-HV questionnaire into French (HABC-M-HV-F) according to international guidelines and to test its measurement properties. Methods: The HABC-M-HV was translated according to international guidelines. The measurement performances of the questionnaire were tested using internal consistency, test–retest reliability, Standard Error of Measurement (SEM) and Smallest Detectable Change (SDC) calculation, floor and ceiling effect measurement and construct validity. Results: The validation study included 51 ICU survivors (27.5% women, 63 [55–71] years old). The questionnaire was administered by phone. The internal consistency was very good (Cronbach’s alpha coefficient 0.79). The intra- and inter-examinator reliabilities were excellent (Intraclass Coefficient Correlation = 0.99 and 0.97, respectively). The SEM was 0.62 and the SDC was 1.72. No floor or ceiling effects were observed. The convergent validity was almost entirely confirmed with 71.4% of our hypothesis confirmed. Conclusion: The HABC-M-HV-F has been shown to be a valid and reliable tool for PICS screening and follow-up in French-speaking ICU survivors. A remote administration by phone was feasible. Trial registration: Not applicable.

Original languageEnglish
Article number59
JournalHealth and Quality of Life Outcomes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Critical illness
  • Depression
  • Functional capacity
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Healthy Aging Brain Care Monitor
  • Post-intensive care syndrome
  • Survivors


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