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The British version of the Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire (CHAQ) and the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Davidson, Emerita Professor Helen Foster


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We report herein the results of the cross-cultural adaptation and validation into the British language of the parent's version of two health related quality of life instruments. The Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire (CHAQ) is a disease specific health instrument that measures functional ability in daily living activities in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). The Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ) is a generic health instrument designed to capture the physical and psychosocial well-being of children independently from the underlying disease. A total of 440 subjects were enrolled: 219 patients with JIA (17% systemic onset, 41% polyarticular onset, 33% extended oligoarticular subtype, and 9% persistent oligoarticular subtype) and 221 healthy, children. The CHAQ clinically discriminated between healthy subjects and JIA patients, with the systemic, polyarticular and extended oligoarticular subtypes having a higher degree of disability, pain, and a lower overall well-being when compared to their health), peers. Also the CHQ clinically discriminated between healthy subjects and JIA patients, with the systemic onset, polyarticular onset and extended oligoarticular subtypes having a lower physical and psychosocial well-being when compared to their healthy peers. In conclusion the British version of the CHAQ-CHQ is a reliable, and valid tool for the functional, physical and psychosocial assessment of children with JIA.

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Author(s): Nugent J, Ruperto N, Grainger J, Machado C, Sawhney S, Baildam E, Davidson J, Foster H, Hall A, Hollingworth P, Sills J, Venning H, Walsh JE, Landgraf JM, Roland M, Woo P, Murray KJ, Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organisation

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

Year: 2001

Volume: 19

Issue: 4 (supp 23)

Pages: S163-S167

ISSN (print): 0392-856X

ISSN (electronic): 1593-098X

Publisher: Pacini Editore SpA