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Epilepsy‐specific patient‐reported outcome measures of children's health‐related quality of life: A systematic review of measurement properties

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Holly Crudgington, Morwenna Rogers, Hannah Morris, Paul Gringras, Deb K. Pal, Christopher Morris

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-248
Number of pages19
Issue number2
Early online date17 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


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To identify and appraise published evidence of the measurement properties for epilepsy‐specific patient‐reported outcome measures (PROMs) of children's health‐related quality of life (HRQoL).

We searched multiple databases for studies evaluating the measurement properties of English‐language epilepsy‐specific PROMs of children's HRQoL. We assessed the methodological quality using the COnsensus‐based Standards for the selection of health Measurement INstruments (COSMIN) guidance. We extracted data about the content validity, construct validity, internal consistency, test‐retest reliability, proxy reliability, responsiveness, and precision, and assessed the measurement properties with reference to standardized criteria.

We identified 27 papers that evaluated 11 PROMs. Methodological quality was variable. Construct validity, test‐retest reliability, and internal consistency were more commonly assessed. Quality of Life in Childhood Epilepsy (QoLCE) questionnaires are parent‐reported and evaluated more than other PROMs; QoLCE‐55 has good and replicated evidence for structural and construct validity and internal consistency. Health‐Related Quality of Life Measure for Children with Epilepsy (CHEQoL) has both child and parent‐reported versions and good evidence of content, structural, and construct validity.

This review identified two leading candidate epilepsy‐specific PROMs for measuring health‐related quality of life in children. Establishing evidence of the responsiveness of PROMs is a priority to help the interpretation of meaningful change scores.

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