Ogden, Cassandra Anne, Abbott, Janice, Aggett, Peter, Derkx, Bert H, Maity, Santanu and Thomas, Adrian G
Pilot Evaluation of an Instrument to Measure Quality of Life in British Children With Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 46
The IMPACT questionnaire was developed in Canada to measure quality of life in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In the present study, 20 children with IBD completed 2 versions of the IMPACT questionnaire with a Likert scale or visual analog scale (VAS), 5 of whom expressed problems with language or phrasing. Difficult words included "restrictions," "moderate," "diarrhea," "school break," and the abbreviation "IBD." Fifteen children preferred the Likert scale to the VAS (chi = 20, P < 0.01). Rewording the difficult words and using a Likert scale should facilitate completion of the IMPACT questionnaire in the United Kingdom. Further validation is needed to ensure that the instrument is reliable and valid.