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J Burn Care Res. 2006 Nov-Dec;27(6):790-802.

Reliability and validity of the Dutch version of the American Burn Association/Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Outcomes Questionnaire (5-18 years of age).

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  • 1Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Abstract

The American Burn Association/Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Outcomes Questionnaire (BOQ) is a self-administered questionnaire to monitor functional outcome after burns in children and adolescents. This study aimed to assess feasibility, reliability, and validity of the Dutch BOQ. The BOQ was adapted into Dutch and tested in a population of children and adolescents aged 5 to 15 years who were primary admissions to a Dutch or Belgian burn center (n = 6) during the period of March 2001 through February 2004. To assess validity, the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ) and the EuroQol-5D (EQ-5D) were included. Response rate was 53% among parents (n = 145) and 48% among adolescents (n = 52). Internal consistency of the BOQ scales was good (Cronbach's alpha >0.7 in all but one scale). Test and retest results were similar; there were no significant differences between parents and adolescents in this respect. Expected high correlations between BOQ scales and conceptually equivalent CHQ and EQ-5D scales were found in eight of 12 comparisons. Eleven scales showed significant differences in the expected direction between children with a long length of stay versus those with a short length of stay. The Dutch BOQ can be used to evaluate functional outcome after burns in children aged 5 years and older. Our study showed that the Dutch BOQ is a feasible instrument with good reliability and validity.

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