Table 1

Some common quality of life scales for children

ScaleComponentsRespondentsAge rangeValidity
Cancer specific
 Play performance12 NoneParents,  physicians1–16Global function, research  interviews
 Quality of wellbeing13 Mobility, physical function, social  activity, symptomsParents4–18Play performance, treatment  toxicity
 Quality of life14 Physical function, emotional distress,  reaction to treatmentParentsVery widePlay performance, child  behaviour, checklist
 Multiattribute health  status15 Mobility, cognition, sensation, pain, self  care, fertility, emotionPhysicians8–25Population norms
 PIE16 Appearance, activity, disclosure, school,  peer rejection, parental behaviour,  manipulation, preoccupation with  illness (treatment)Child,  parents11–16Depression, play  performance, symptom  checklist
Diabetes specific
 Quality of life17 Satisfaction, impact, worry diabetes,  worry social/vocationalYoung adult15–28None
 Psychosocial  adaptation18 Emotional difficulty, attitudeChild,  parent10–17Anxiety, depression, self  esteem
Asthma specific
 Childhood asthma19 Severity, enjoyment of passive distress,  enjoyment of active pastimesChild4–7, 8–12, 13–16Parent and clinician ratings  of severity, peak expiratory  flow rate
 Paediatric asthma  quality of life20 Activity limitation, symptoms,  emotional functioningChild7–17Feeling thermometer, global  rating
  • PIE=perceived illness experience.