The PedsQL™ Infant Scales: feasibility, internal consistency reliability, and validity in healthy and ill infants.

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Journal Article

The PedsQL™ (Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™) is a modular instrument designed to measure health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and disease-specific symptoms in children and adolescents ages 2-18. The new PedsQL™ Infant Scales were designed as a generic HRQOL instrument specifically for healthy and ill infants ages 1-24 months. The objective of this study was to report on the initial feasibility, internal consistency reliability, and validity of the PedsQL™ Infant Scales in healthy, acutely ill, and chronically ill infants.The 36-item (ages 1-12 months) and 45-item (ages 13-24 months) PedsQL™ Infant Scales (Physical Functioning, Physical Symptoms, Emotional Functioning, Social Functioning, Cognitive Functioning) were completed by 683 parents of healthy, acutely ill, and chronically ill infants.The PedsQL™ Infant Scales evidenced minimal missing responses, achieved excellent internal consistency reliability for the Total Scale Scores (α = 0.92), distinguished between healthy infants and acutely and chronically ill infants, and demonstrated a confirmatory factor structure largely consistent with the a priori conceptual model.The results demonstrate the initial measurement properties of the PedsQL™ Infant Scales in healthy and ill infants. The findings suggest that the PedsQL™ Infant Scales may be utilized in the evaluation of generic HRQOL in infants ages 1-24 months.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Varni, JW; Limbers, CA; Neighbors, K; Schulz, K; Lieu, JEC; Heffer, RW; Tuzinkiewicz, K; Mangione-Smith, R; Zimmerman, JJ; Alonso, EM

Published Date

  • February 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 45 - 55

PubMed ID

  • 20730626

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20730626

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2649

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0962-9343

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11136-010-9730-5

Language

  • eng