Health Related Quality of Life Assessment questionnaire for children aged 5 to 11 years with HIV/AIDS: cross-cultural adaptation for the Portuguese language

Cad Saude Publica. 2011 Jul;27(7):1445-9. doi: 10.1590/s0102-311x2011000700020.


The objective of this study is to describe preliminary results from the cross-cultural adaptation of the Quality of Life Assessment Questionnaire, used to measure health related quality of life (HRQL) in Brazilian children aged between 5 and 11 with HIV/AIDS. The cross-cultural model evaluated the Concept, Item, Semantic and Measurement Equivalences (internal consistency and intra-observer reliability). Evaluation of the conceptual, item, semantic equivalences showed that the Portuguese version is pertinent for the Brazilian context. Four of seven domains showed internal consistency above 0.70 (α: 0.76-0.90) and five of seven revealed intra-observer reliability (ricc: 0.41-0.70). This first Portuguese version of the HRQL questionnaire can be understood as a valuable tool for assessing children's HRQL, but further studies with large samples and more robust analyses are recommended before use in the Brazilian context.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brazil
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Language
  • Male
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Translations*