Quality of Life Research

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 93–98 | Cite as

Quality of life in patients of nasopharyngeal carcinoma: Validation of the Taiwan Chinese version of the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the EORTC QLQ-H&N35

  • W.-C. Chie
  • R.-L. Hong
  • C.-C. Lai
  • L.-L. Ting
  • M.-M. Hsu

Abstract

The authors followed the guidelines of translation and pilot testing of the EORTC QLQ-C30 and EORTC-QLQ-H&N35 questionnaires. The questionnaires were given to 50 nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients under active treatment and 50 under follow-up at our institution from November 2000 to June 2001. A retest was conducted 2 weeks after the first interview/form completion for the follow-up group. The intraclass correlation coefficients of the two questionnaires were moderate to high in the follow-up group. Cronbach's α coefficients of all scales of the two questionnaires were ≥ 0.70 except that of cognitive functioning. Correlation of scales measuring similar dimensions of the QLQ-C30 and the SF-36 were moderate to high, while that of the QLQ-H&N35 and the QLQ-C30 and the SF-36 were moderate to low. Patients in the active treatment group had more serious acute problems due to disease and chemotherapy. Patients in the follow-up group had more serious chronic problems due to radiation therapy. We concluded that the Taiwan Chinese version of the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the EORTC QLQ-H&N35 had moderate to high test–retest reliability, high internal consistency in most scales, and could show the expected differences between patients in active treatment and follow-up group.

The EORTC QLQ-H&N35 The EORTC QLQ-C30 Nasopharyngeal carcinoma Quality of life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W.-C. Chie
    • 1
  • R.-L. Hong
    • 2
  • C.-C. Lai
    • 1
  • L.-L. Ting
    • 3
  • M.-M. Hsu
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Public Health and Graduate Institute of Preventive Medicine, College of Public HealthNational Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of OncologyNational Taiwan University HospitalTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of RadiotherapyNational Taiwan University HospitalTaiwan
  4. 4.Department of Otorhinol-aryngologyNational Taiwan University HospitalTaiwan

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