Reliability and Validity of a Chinese Version's Health-Related Quality of Life Questionnaire for Hepatitis B Patients

Mar 1, 2010, 00:00 AM
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To culturally adapt a Chinese version of the Hepatitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (HQLQ) and assess its suitability for use in Chinese-speaking hepatitis B virus (HBV patients in Singapore.


Reliability was assessed using Cronbach's alpha coefficients and intra-class correlation coefficients. Item-to-scale correlation was assessed using Spearman's rank correlations (ρ) between scale scores and their constituent items. Convergent and divergent construct validities were tested in three and two a priori hypotheses, respectively, and the correlations were assessed using Spearman's rank correlation coefficients.


When tested in 134 HBV patients, the test-retest reliability was supported with all scales showing acceptable correlation coefficients (i.e., α > 0.7). Item-to-scale correlations were good with most items highly correlated with their hypothesized scales. Convergent and divergent construct validities were supported by the hypothesized correlations between the HQLQ and the EQ-5D domains.


The culturally adapted questionnaire has good validity and reliability for use in Singapore.
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  • disease-specific instrument
  • EQ-5D
  • health-related quality of life
  • outcomes research
  • SF-36
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