Objective: There is still a lack of information available to clinicians regarding evaluation and treatment of pediatric voice disorders. The purpose of the present study was to develop an Arabic version of the pediatric V-RQoL.
Subjects: and methods: 290 children and adolescents were included in the study. The PV-RQoL was translated into Arabic and pilot-tested on twenty participants with vocal complaints, and then amended culturally according to their suggestions. Then, application of the modified Arabic questionnaire in its final version, the APV-RQoL, was done on 130 patients with vocal complaint, out of them 70 patients were re-tested 14 days later, and 140 control without vocal complaints.
Results: There was a statistically significant difference between the control and the voice disordered groups (P < 0.001).The APV-RQoL was proved to be reliable, showing high internal consistency and test-retest reliability with excellent item domain to domain correlation. Also, it was proved to be valid by confirmatory factor analysis, and by correlation with the Arabic PVHI scores, with high sensitivity and specificity.
Conclusion: The Arabic version of PV-RQoL is considered to be a valid and reliable assessment tool used by parents of Arabic speaking children.
Keywords: Pediatric; Voice& assessment.
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