TITLE

Quality of life in breast cancer patients: Validation of a FACT-B Malayalam version

AUTHOR(S)
Pandey, M.; Thomas, B.C.; Ramdas, K.; Eremenco, S.; Nair, M.K.
PUB. DATE
March 2002
SOURCE
Quality of Life Research;Mar2002, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p87
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background : Recent advances in diagnosis and treatment of cancer have led to an increase in cancer survival, and hence, there is a greater emphasis on quality beside quantity of survival. Developing countries too have begun to recognize the need for monitoring quality of life (QOL). However, in most of the developing countries, a validated and reliable tool for the purpose is yet to be realized. Material and method : The functional assessment of chronic illness therapy (FACIT) system is a collection of QOL questionnaires targeted to measure QOL in chronic illness. The functional assessment of cancer therapy for breast cancer (FACT-B) was translated into the local language (Malayalam) and tested for validity and reliability. Results : The tool thus developed showed substantial sensitivity, as does the source tool. The Cronbach's a for the total FACT-B was 0.87, which is similar to the a of 0.9 observed in the FACT-B English version. The mean FACT-B score was 94.3 compared to 112.8 for the source tool. Conclusion : The Malayalam translation of the FACT-B questionnaire was developed, tested and validated, and was found satisfactory in comparison to the source tool.
ACCESSION #
11306529

 

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