An assessment of the sensibility of a quality-of-life instrument

Am J Emerg Med. 1993 Jul;11(4):374-80. doi: 10.1016/0735-6757(93)90171-7.


The objective of this study was to assess the sensibility of an asthma quality-of-life questionnaire (AQLQ); therefore, a structured survey of asthma patients seen in Hamilton, Ontario, emergency departments and physicians involved in asthma management was performed. Twenty-five consecutive patients who had completed the AQLQ questionnaire twice during a 7- to 10-day pilot study assessed sensibility using a 12-item questionnaire. The same number of practicing physicians from four centers in Ontario were sent the asthma AQLQ questionnaire and were asked to complete a 13-item sensibility form. All patients who were approached successfully completed the sensibility assessment; 80% (20 of 25) of the practicing physicians completed the assessment. Mean response scores were more than 5 of a possible 7 points in all questions for both groups. Patients had more mean responses greater than 6 (7 of 12) than did physicians (2 of 13). The AQLQ seems acceptable and sensible to both patients and physicians. A formal assessment of the sensibility of an outcome measurement can provide valuable information regarding it's use. Both research and clinical outcomes should be subjected to this form of evaluation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / physiopathology
  • Asthma / therapy
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Patients
  • Physicians
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*