Journal article

Development and validation of the Adolescent Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AAQOL)

C Rutishauser, SM Sawyer, L Bond, C Coffey, G Bowes

EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL | EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY SOC JOURNALS LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

Current asthma-specific quality of life questionnaires have major conceptual and methodological deficiencies for use in adolescents. The aim of this study was to develop and validate the "Adolescent Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AAQOL)", specifically developed for adolescents with asthma. One-hundred and eleven adolescents with frequent-episodic or persistent asthma aged 12-17 yrs were recruited from three tertiary paediatric asthma clinics. The standardized multi-step method consisted of: 1) item selection including semistructured interviews (n=14); 2) item reduction and validation (n=66); and 3) assessment of reproducibility (n=31). Item reduction was performed applying the clinica..

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