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Minerva Pediatrica 2003 August;55(4):377-84

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language: Italian

Critical comparison of some questionnires for the evaluation of the quality of life in children affected by asthma

Rocchi M. B. L., Bellagamba S.


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Aim. The aim of this study was to critically compare 9 different questionnaires for the evaluation of the Quality of Life in children affected by asthma.
Methods. The questionnaires were analyzed by considering their psychometric characteristics (reliability, validity, responsiveness, least clinically relevant difference), together with other practical and technical aspects (number of items, number and kind of domains, scaling of items, scoring, time to complete). Data were obtained from the scientific literature.
Results. Only 1 of the 9 analyzed questionnaires (Pediatric Asthma Quality of Life Question-naire, PAQLQ) appears fully validated from a psychometrical standpoint. Moreover, it is the only one to have a validate translation into the Italian language.
Conclusions. The authors suggest the use of the PAQLQ as tool of choice in the evaluation of the Quality of Life in children affected by asthma.

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