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Table 3 Desirable characteristics of a QoL assessment tool

From: Quality of life assessment in preterm children: physicians’ knowledge, attitude, belief, practice - a KABP study

  n (%)*
In your opinion, the maximum number of questions in a questionnaire should be between:  
• 5-10 11 (15.1)
• 10-15 39 (53.4)
• 16-20 20 (27.4)
• >20 3 (4.1)
In your opinion, the most appropriate type of response would be : (several answers possible)  
• A visual analogue scale 36 (42.9)
• Yes/no answers 26 (31.0)
• Multiple answers 15 (17.8)
• Open answers 7 (8.3)
In your opinion, the maximum time needed to reply to the questionnaire should be:  
• 5 minutes 6 (8.1)
• 10 minutes 43 (58.1)
• 15 minutes 19 (25.7)
• > 15 minutes 6 (8.1)
In your opinion, the questionnaire should be:  
• Personalized (choice of domains according to each child) 45 (60.8)
• Adapted to the child’s impairment fonction du handicap de l’enfant 31 (42.4)
• Identical for all EP Children in order to allow comparison between impairments 60 (82.2)
In your opinion, the questionnaire should yield:  
• A score for each of the dimensions explored 60 (79.0)
• A global QoL score 66 (86.9)
Do you think that the domains to be assessed should be the same whatever the age of the child between 6 and 10 years ? 50 (70.4)
  1. *% of responders to the question.
  2. QoL, quality of life.
  3. EP Children, extremely preterm children.