A parent-completed respiratory questionnaire for 1-year-old children: repeatability

Strippoli, Marie-Pierre F; Silverman, Michael; Michel, Gisela; Kuehni, Claudia E (2007). A parent-completed respiratory questionnaire for 1-year-old children: repeatability. Archives of disease in childhood, 92(10), pp. 861-5. London: BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/adc.2007.117978

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There are few standardised questionnaires for the assessment of respiratory symptoms in preschool children. We have developed and tested the short-term repeatability of a postal questionnaire on respiratory symptoms for 1-year-old children. METHODS: A newly developed postal questionnaire for the assessment of wheeze and other respiratory symptoms was sent to parents of a population-based random sample of 4300 children aged 12-24 months. After an interval of 3 months, a random sample of 800 respondents received the questionnaire a second time. The responses were compared using Cohen's kappa (kappa) to assess agreement corrected for chance. RESULTS: The first questionnaire was returned by 3194 (74%) families, the second one by 460/800 (58%). Repeatability was excellent (kappa 0.80-0.96) for questions on household characteristics, environmental exposures and family history, good (kappa 0.61-0.80) for questions on prevalence, severity and treatment of wheeze, and moderate (kappa 0.39-0.66) for chronic cough and upper respiratory symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: This short postal questionnaire designed for use in population-based studies has excellent repeatability for family and household characteristics and good repeatability for questions on wheeze. Short-term changes in symptom status might be responsible for variable answers on recent chronic cough and upper respiratory symptoms. Overall, the questionnaire is a valuable instrument for community-based research on respiratory symptoms in 1 to 2-year-old children.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

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Strippoli, Marie-Pierre; Michel, Gisela and Kühni, Claudia






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04 Oct 2013 14:53

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/22663 (FactScience: 35754)

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