Objective: To validate the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ) and assess the quality of life of inner-city British children with adenotonsillar disease.
Methods: The primary caregiver of a consecutive series of 43 patients referred for adenotonsillar disease to a pediatric otolaryngology clinic completed the Child Health Questionnaire. Questionnaires were analyzed for data quality and completeness, items/scale correlation, internal consistency and discriminant validity, interscale correlation, reliability estimates and external validity.
Results: CHQ demonstrated excellent measuring characteristics in our population. In a comparison with healthy children, 11 out of 15 measures of quality of life were significantly depressed in our sample. Compared with children with rheumatoid arthritis, scores were equivalent in most areas, with the exception of the global health subscale and overall physical score, where our sample scored significantly lower.
Conclusion: The CHQ (PF 28 version) is an accurate and reliable way of assessing the impact of adenotonsillar disease on the quality of life in children in Britain. This appears to be quite significant in most aspects of a child's life.