Validation of the pediatric functional assessment of cancer therapy questionnaire (version 2.0) in brain tumor survivors aged 13 years and older

Heejung Yoo, Dong Seok Kim*, Hee Young Shin, Jin Shei Lai, David Cella, Hyeon Jin Park, Young Shin Ra, Woo Chul Kim, Yong Soon Shin

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Abstract

We evaluated the reliability and validity of the Pediatric Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Childhood Brain Tumor Survivor Questionnaire (pedsFACT-BrS, Version 2). This was specifically directed to patients aged 13 years and older (adolescents). The pedsFACT-BrS was translated and cross-culturally adapted into Korean, following standard Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy methodology. The psychometric properties of the pedsFACT-BrS in adolescents were evaluated in 161 brain tumor (BT) patients (mean age = 15.53 years). Pretesting was performed in 30 patients, and the results indicated good symptom coverage and overall comprehensibility. In validating the pedsFACT-BrS for adolescents, we found high internal consistency, with Cronbach's α coefficients ranging from 0.76 to 0.91. The pedsFACT-BrS for adolescents also demonstrated good convergent and divergent validities when correlated with the Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale and the Kovacs' Children's Depression Inventory. The pedsFACT-BrS for adolescents showed good clinical validity and effectively differentiated between clinically distinct patient groups according to Karnofsky score, type of treatment, and treatment on/off status. This reliable and valid instrument can now be used to properly evaluate the quality of life of Korean adolescent BT patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-565
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Quality of life
  • adolescent brain tumor
  • pedsFACT-BrS for adolescents
  • validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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