To clarify concepts and methodological problems in existing multidimensional health status measures for children.
Thematic review of instruments found by computerised and manual searches, 1979-95.
Nine health status instruments.
Many instruments did not satisfy criteria of being child centred or family focussed ; few had sufficient psychometric properties for research or clinical use ; underlying conceptual assumptions were rarely explicit.
Conclusions Quality of life measures should be viewed cautiously.
Interdisciplinary discussion is required, as well as discussion with children and parents, to establish constructs that are truly useful.
Mots-clés Pascal : Qualité vie, Santé, Psychométrie, Etude comparative, Méthodologie, Méthode mesure, Echelle évaluation, Enfant, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Quality of life, Health, Psychometrics, Comparative study, Methodology, Measurement method, Evaluation scale, Child, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0425885
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 10/04/1997.