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[The validation of a disease specific quality of life instrument in patients with psoriatic arthritis]

LOVAS Kornélia, KOÓ Éva, DIANE Whalley, STEPHEN McKenna, MEADS David, KALÓ Zoltán

JULY 20, 2002

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2002;12(06-07)

[Measuring quality of life (QoL) has a growing importance in the field of health technology assessment. It is especially true for chronic diseases, such as psoriatic arthritis, which has significant impact on patients’ quality of life through the intensity of symptoms and the duration of the disease. The quality of life measurement can only be reliable and valid if an appropriate instrument is used. One of the most critical elements of the validity of quality of life intruments is the method used for adapting the questionnaire to foreign languages. Authors present their results and experience in the Hungarian adaptation of the Psoriatic Arthritis Quality of Life (PSAQoL) questionnaire.]

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