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Iran J Neurol. 2015 Apr 4;14(2):94-100.

Stroke specific quality of life questionnaire: Test of reliability and validity of the Persian version.

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Health Policy Research Center AND School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Islamic Azad University, Kazeroon Branch, Kazeroon, Iran.
Department of Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
Student Research Committee, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
Department of Epidemiology, School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
Clinical Neurology Research Center AND Department of Neurology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.



The aim was to assess the reliability and the validity of the translated version of the stroke specific quality of life (SS-QOL) questionnaire in Iranian post-stroke patients.


This project was performed at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran, between 12 April 2010 and 24 February 2011. The English version of the SS-QOL was translated into Persian by "forward-backward" translation, cognitive inquiring and cultural adaptation process. The reliability and internal consistency were measured by Cronbach's alpha coefficient. Validity was assessed using convergent and divergent validity through Spearman's correlation coefficient.


Our study included 117 post-stroke patients, consisting of 57 (48.7%) men and 60 (51.3%) women. The mean age of the patients was 81.60 ± 7.52 (range 60-88) years. The Persian version of the SS-QOL proved reliable (Cronbach's α = 0.96). Internal consistency was excellent for both demographic and patients' clinical characteristics (Cronbach's α ≥ 0.70). The scaling success rates were 100% for convergent validity of each scale. Divergent validity for all 12 scales was considered acceptable, whereas each scale had a 100% scaling success rate for convergent validity.


The Persian version of SS-QOL should be mentioned as a noteworthy instrument to specify different aspects of health related QOL of patients suffering stroke and hence that clinicians, researchers and epidemiologist can exploit it trustfully.


Quality of Life; Questionnaires; Reproducibility of Results; Stroke


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