Quality of Life Research

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 107–117

A short multilingual quality of life questionnaire — practicability, reliability and interlingual homogeneity

  • H. Tüchler
  • S. Hofmann
  • M. Bernhart
  • M. Brugiatelli
  • L. Chrobak
  • A. Franke
  • M. Herold
  • J. Holowiecki
  • R. Ihle
  • B. Jaksic
  • I. Krc
  • N. Munteanu
  • M. Pawlicki
  • A. Sakalova
  • V. Schranz
  • H. Wolf
  • D. Lutz
Research Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF00439718

Cite this article as:
Tüchler, H., Hofmann, S., Bernhart, M. et al. Qual Life Res (1992) 1: 107. doi:10.1007/BF00439718

Abstract

International cooperative clinical trials require a multilingual quality of life questionnaire. The ‘International Society for Chemo- and Immunotherapy’ therefore designed a study to develop and test a ‘health accentuated’ quality of life questionnaire in the eight languages spoken in this society. The objective was to examine practicability, reliability and interlingual homogeneity. Versions of the questionnaire in Czech, German, Hungarian, Italian, Kroatian, Polish, Romanian and Slovakian have been prepared. The results are based on data of 1,104 adult patients. They demonstrate that the developed questionnaire is practicable. Patients need 10–15 min to answer it, usually without assistance. The proportion of missing values is for all but two questions less than 3%. The questionnaire also found high acceptance reflected by only 2.7% refusals. It is reasonably reliable in each language. Interlingual homogeneity could be shown by demonstration of strong structural similarities between the different versions using multidimensional scaling, factor analysis and comparison of mean profiles.

Key words

Haematology multilingual questionnaire quality of health quality of life 

Copyright information

© Rapid Communications of Oxford Ltd 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Tüchler
    • 1
  • S. Hofmann
    • 1
  • M. Bernhart
    • 2
  • M. Brugiatelli
    • 3
  • L. Chrobak
    • 4
  • A. Franke
    • 5
  • M. Herold
    • 16
  • J. Holowiecki
    • 6
  • R. Ihle
    • 7
  • B. Jaksic
    • 8
  • I. Krc
    • 9
  • N. Munteanu
    • 10
  • M. Pawlicki
    • 11
  • A. Sakalova
    • 12
  • V. Schranz
    • 13
  • H. Wolf
    • 14
  • D. Lutz
    • 15
  1. 1.Ludwig Boltzmann-Institute for Leukaemia Research and HaematologyViennaAustria
  2. 2.III. Med. Dept.Hanusch HospitalViennaAustria
  3. 3.Dept. of HaematologyLocal Sanitarian Unit of the Region CalabriaReggio di CalabriaItaly
  4. 4.Med. Dept.Charles UniversityHradec KrálovéCzechoslovakia
  5. 5.Dept. of Haematology and OncologyMedical AcademyMagdeburgGermany
  6. 6.Dept. of HaematologySilesian Medical AcademyKatowicePoland
  7. 7.Dept. of Haematology, CharitéHumboldt UniversityBerlinGermany
  8. 8.Dept. of MedicineClin. Hosp. “Dr O. Novosel”ZagrebKroatia
  9. 9.II. Med. ClinicPalacky UniversityOlomoucCzechoslovakia
  10. 10.Clinic of HaematologyHospital FunediBucharestRomania
  11. 11.Dept. of HaematologyOncological CentreKrakówPoland
  12. 12.Clinic for Haematology and TransfusiologyMedical FacultyBratislavaCzechoslovakia
  13. 13.III. Med. ClinicUniversity SemmelweisBudapestHungary
  14. 14.Dept. of Haematology and OncologyMedical Academy “Carl Gustav Carus”DresdenGermany
  15. 15.I. Internal Dept.Hospital of “Elisabethinen”LinzAustria
  16. 16.Clinic for Internal MedicineMedical Academy ErfurtErfurtGermany

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