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J Epidemiol Community Health. 1996 Aug;50(4):391-6.

Quality of life assessment in children: a review of conceptual and methodological issues in multidimensional health status measures.

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Neurosciences Unit, Institute of Child Health, London.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To clarify concepts and methodological problems in existing multidimensional health status measures for children.

DESIGN:

Thematic review of instruments found by computerised and manual searches, 1979-95.

SUBJECTS:

Nine health status instruments.

MAIN RESULTS:

Many instruments did not satisfy criteria of being child centered or family focussed; few had sufficient psychometric properties for research or clinical use; underlying conceptual assumptions were rarely explicit.

CONCLUSIONS:

Quality of life measures should be viewed cautiously. Interdisciplinary discussion is required, as well as discussion with children and parents, to establish constructs that are truly useful.

PMID:
8882220
PMCID:
PMC1060307
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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