Agreement Between the WHOQOL-BREF Chinese and Taiwanese Versions in the Elderly

Chien, Chi-Wen, Wang, Jung-Der, Yao, Grace, Hsueh, I-Ping and Hsieh, Ching-Lin (2009) Agreement Between the WHOQOL-BREF Chinese and Taiwanese Versions in the Elderly. Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, 108 2: 164-169. doi:10.1016/S0929-6646(09)60047-4

Author Chien, Chi-Wen
Wang, Jung-Der
Yao, Grace
Hsueh, I-Ping
Hsieh, Ching-Lin
Title Agreement Between the WHOQOL-BREF Chinese and Taiwanese Versions in the Elderly
Journal name Journal of the Formosan Medical Association   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0929-6646
Publication date 2009-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0929-6646(09)60047-4
Volume 108
Issue 2
Start page 164
End page 169
Total pages 6
Place of publication Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Publisher Elsevier (Singapore)
Language eng
Abstract The brief version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life instrument (WHOQOL-BREF), including four domains, has been culturally adapted into Taiwan Chinese and Taiwanese versions for different targeted populations of elderly people. However, there is no evidence to suggest whether the results obtained from these two language versions can be directly compared or combined. This prevents the use of both versions together, which leads to missing data and a gap in the interpretation of results. The present study therefore examined agreement between the Taiwan Chinese and Taiwanese version of the WHOQOL-BREF in a group of 53 Taiwanese-speaking elderly people who can read Chinese. Each participant was evaluated using both versions in a random order within a 2-week period. There was acceptable agreement in 17 of the 28 items between both versions. Three of the four domain scores demonstrated moderate to high levels of agreement (0.65 ≤ intraclass correlation coefficient ≤ 0.81), with the exception being the social relationships domain. The results indicate that these three domain scores in the Taiwan Chinese and Taiwanese versions of the WHOQOL-BREF appear to be substantially equivalent, which allows direct comparison/combination of the results. © 2009 Elsevier & Formosan Medical Association.
Keyword Interviews
Quality of life
Reproducibility of results
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
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