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

Authors
  • Pelkonen, P
  • Ruperto, N
  • Honkanen, V
  • Hannula, S
  • Savolainen, A
  • Lahdenne, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical and experimental rheumatology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2001
Volume
19
Issue
4 Suppl 23
Identifiers
PMID: 11510332
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

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.

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