Quality of Life Research

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 1093–1098 | Cite as

Further evidence of reliability and validity of the Huntington’s disease quality of life battery for carers: Italian and French translations

  • Aimee AubeeluckEmail author
  • Julie Dorey
  • Ferdinando Squitieri
  • Emilie Clay
  • Edward J. N. Stupple
  • Annunziata De Nicola
  • Heather Buchanan
  • Tiziana Martino
  • Mondher Toumi
Brief Communication



Existing research suggests that family caregivers of persons with Huntington’s disease (HD) face a distinct series of problems, linked to the complex nature of the disease. Aubeeluck and Buchanan (Clin Genet, 71(5):434–445, 2007) developed and validated a disease-specific measure used to explore caregivers quality of life and assess the efficacy of therapeutic interventions. This current study builds on this research through the validation of French and Italian translations of the Huntington’s disease quality of life battery for carers (HDQoL-C).


A total of 301 family carers completed the HDQoL-C. Participants were recruited through the “Euro-HDB” study which is measuring the burden in HD across Europe and the USA.


Factor analysis demonstrated good internal consistency, reliability and congruent validity. Carers who cared for patients with less clinically severe symptoms reported significantly better QoL than carers of patients with more clinically severe symptoms.


Findings indicate the HDQoL-C is multi-lingual, multi-cultural and easily applicable in other languages.


Family caregiving Huntington’s disease Questionnaire Quality of life 



Huntington’s disease


Quality of life



Thanks are given to the family caregivers who gave up their limited time to take part in this research as well as the patient association “ASSOCIATION HUNTINGTON FRANCE.” We would like to thank both reviewers for their constructive feedback and expertise, in particular (XXXX) for their efforts in reconstructing elements of the validation section.

Conflicts of interest

The University of Lyon received an educational grant for the survey from Neurosearch.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aimee Aubeeluck
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julie Dorey
    • 2
  • Ferdinando Squitieri
    • 3
  • Emilie Clay
    • 2
  • Edward J. N. Stupple
    • 4
  • Annunziata De Nicola
    • 3
  • Heather Buchanan
    • 3
    • 5
  • Tiziana Martino
    • 3
  • Mondher Toumi
    • 6
  1. 1.Division of Nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery and PhysiotherapyUniversity of NottinghamDerbyUK
  2. 2.Creativ-CeuticalParisFrance
  3. 3.Centre for Neurogenetics and Rare DiseasesIRCCS NeuromedPozzilliItaly
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of DerbyDerbyUK
  5. 5.Department of Health Psychology, Institute of Work, Health and OrganisationUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  6. 6.University Claude Bernard Lyon IVilleurbanneFrance

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