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Testing a Swedish child-friendly pilot version of the EQ-5D instrument: — initial results
Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Medical Management Centre, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
Red Cross University College of Nursing. Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Karolinska.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2504-343X
2011 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 21, no 2, 178-183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND:

There is an increasing interest in studying health-related quality of life in children and adolescents. A Swedish child-friendly pilot version of the EQ-5D instrument has been developed. The aim of this article is to report on its assessment of feasibility and discriminative validity.

METHODS:

A questionnaire with the child-friendly pilot version was addressed during a clinical examination to 260 children aged 8 years and 230 children aged 12 years. Comprehensibility and acceptability were investigated and feasibility was assessed according to missing and ambiguous answers. Discriminative validity was investigated by determining whether groups that were a priori known to differ in health status (by clinical and socio-demographic characteristics) were distinguished also by the percentage of reported problems on the five health dimensions and by visual analogue scale (VAS) scores.

RESULTS:

Feasibility was supported for self-completion in the presence of an interviewer. Discriminative validity was supported as children with asthma or rhinitis, severe illness or handicap, having consulted health care during the past 3 months, overweight and obesity and children with a parent born outside the Nordic countries reported more problems and had lower VAS scores.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of the initial testing of the Swedish child-friendly pilot version of the EQ-5D instrument indicate feasibility and discriminative validity. However, further research should explore alternative modes of administration and study design, and be performed in groups with a larger proportion with diseased children.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Vol. 21, no 2, 178-183 p.
Keyword [en]
child health, EQ-5D, health-related quality of life, validity, Sweden
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-527DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckq042PubMedID: 20430806OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-527DiVA: diva2:607710
Available from: 2013-02-25 Created: 2013-02-25 Last updated: 2014-10-21Bibliographically approved

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