Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

, Volume 25, Issue 11, pp 831–836 | Cite as

Development of Improved Version of Quality of Life Assessment Instrument for Lung Cancer Patients Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (QLASTCM-Lu)

  • Ting-ting Wang
  • Li-yun He
  • Ming Zhang
  • Shao-mo Wang
  • Ai-guang Zhao
  • Lei Chu
  • Li-yuan Zhang
  • Sheng-fu You
  • Jie YouEmail author
Original Article



To develop an improved version of the Quality-of-Life Assessment instrument for Lung Cancer Patients Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (QLASTCM-Lu) and to evaluate its psychometric property.


The structured group method and the theory in developing rating scale were employed to revise the preliminary scale. The psychometric property (reliability, validity, and responsiveness) of the established QLASTCM-Lu (modified) were evaluated by quality of life data measured in 100 lung cancer patients. Statistical analyses were made accordingly by way of correlation analysis, factor analysis and paired t-test.


The internal consistency reliability of the overall scale and all domains was from 0.80 to 0.94. Correlation and factor analyses demonstrated that the scale was good in construct validity. The criterion validity was formed with European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer-Quality of Life Questionnaire-Lung Cancer (EORTC QLQ-LC43) as the criterion. Statistically significant changes were found apart from such domain as "mental condition" and "social function", with the standardized response means being close to those of QLQ-LC43.


QLASTCM-Lu (modified) could be used to measure the quality of life of lung cancer patients with good reliability, validity and a certain degree of responsiveness.


lung cancer quality of life Chinese medicine scale European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer 


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Author Contributions

Wang TT and You J designed the research and coordinated data collection. Wang TT and Chu L collected data, did data analysis and wrote the original text. He LY made the data analysis. Zhang M, Wang SM, Zhao AG, Chu L, Zhang LY and You SF collected the data. You J participated in drafting and editing. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Development of Quality Of Life Improved Version Assessment Instrument for Lung Cancer Patients (QLASTCM-Lu) Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ting-ting Wang
    • 1
  • Li-yun He
    • 2
  • Ming Zhang
    • 3
  • Shao-mo Wang
    • 4
  • Ai-guang Zhao
    • 4
  • Lei Chu
    • 5
  • Li-yuan Zhang
    • 6
  • Sheng-fu You
    • 4
  • Jie You
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai Ninth People’s HospitalShanghai Jiao Tong University School of MedicineShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Institute of Basic Research in Clinical MedicineChina Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Shanghai Chest HospitalShanghai Jiaotong UniversityShanghaiChina
  4. 4.Longhua HospitalShanghai University of Traditional Chinese MedicineShanghaiChina
  5. 5.Department of Integrated Traditional and Western MedicineTumor Hospital of QingdaoQingdaoChina
  6. 6.Putuo Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese MedicineShanghaiChina

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