There is a need for validated tools to assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in routine clinical practice.
The aim of this study was to validate the Chronic Urticaria Patient Perspective (CUPP) for assessment of patients with chronic urticaria (CU) in clinical practice.
A provisional CUPP was developed from candidate items identified by following an iterative process in a retrospective analysis of 249 Chronic Urticaria Quality of Life Questionnaire questionnaires. The psychometric properties of the CUPP were then tested on a sample of patients enrolled in 13 Italian centers.
The study population in the validation phase comprised 152 patients. The 10-item version of the CUPP showed satisfactory internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha values of 0.76 at visit 1 and 0.90 at visit 2), good criteria, and discriminative and convergent validity. Reliability was assessed in 34 patients with no changes in health (Global Rating Scale = 0 at visit 2) and was satisfactory (CCC [concordance correlation coefficient] = 0.9). Changes in CUPP scores were significantly associated with changes in Urticaria Activity Score (UAS)-Hive count (r = 0.36, P < .001), UAS-Itch severity (r = 0.48, P < .001), and UAS-Total score (r = 0.342, P < .001), all of which indicated good responsiveness. The minimal important difference was 1.5.
CUPP is a simple 10-question tool with good psychometric properties that provides a valid, reliable, and standardized measurement of HRQoL in patients with CU.
Assessment; Chronic urticaria; Clinical practice; Quality of life; Routine