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

P. Pelkonen, N. Ruperto, V. Honkanen, S. Hannula, A. Savolainen, P. Lahdenne

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Abstract

We report herein the results of the cross-cultural adaptation and validation into the Finnish 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 Finnish CHAQ-CHQ were validated with 3 forward and 1 backward translations. A total of 161 subjects were enrolled: 89 patients with JIA (9% systemic onset, 44% polyarticular onset, 26% extended oligoarticular subtype, and 21% persistent oligoarticular subtype) and 72 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, polyarticular and extended oligoarticular subtypes having a lower physical and psychosocial well-being when compared to their healthy peers. In conclusion the Finnish 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
  • Finnish Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ)
  • Finnish 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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