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

S. Nielsen, N. Ruperto, T. Herlin, F. K. Pedersen

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Abstract

We report herein the results of the cross-cultural adaptation and validation into the Danish 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. The Danish CHAQ-CHQ were fully validated with 3 forward and 3 backward translations. A total of 139 subjects were enrolled: 76 patients with JIA (25% systemic onset, 30% polyarticular onset, 19% extended oligoarticular subtype, and 26% persistent oligoarticular subtype) and 63 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 healthy 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 Danish version of the CHAQ-CHQ is a reliable, and valid tool for the functional, physical and psychosocial assessment of children with JIA.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Volume19
Issue number4 SUPPL. 23
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Cross cultural adaptation and psychometric evaluation
  • Danish Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ)
  • Danish Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire (CHAQ)
  • Health related quality of life
  • Healthy children
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Rheumatology

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