A parent-completed respiratory questionnaire for 1-year-old children: repeatability

Strippoli, Marie-Pierre F.; Silverman, Michael; Michel, Gisela; Kuehni, Claudia E.
October 2007
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Oct2007, Vol. 92 Issue 10, p861
Academic Journal
Background and aims: There are few standardised questionnaires for the assessment of respiratory symptoms in preschool children. We have developed and tested the short-term repeatability of a postal questionnaire on respiratory symptoms for 1-year-old children. Methods: A newly developed postal questionnaire for the assessment of wheeze and other respiratory symptoms was sent to parents of a population-based random sample of 4300 children aged 12—24 months. After an interval of 3 months, a random sample of 800 respondents received the questionnaire a second time. The responses were compared using Cohen's kappa (κ) to assess agreement corrected for chance. Results: The first questionnaire was returned by 3194 (74%) families, the second one by 460⁄800 (58%). Repeatability was excellent (κ 0.80—0.96) for questions on household characteristics, environmental exposures and family history, good (κ 0.61-0.80) for questions on prevalence, severity and treatment of wheeze, and moderate (κ 0.39—0.66) for chronic cough and upper respiratory symptoms. Conclusions: This short postal questionnaire designed for use in population-based studies has excellent repeatability for family and household characteristics and good repeatability for questions on wheeze. Short-term changes in symptom status might be responsible for variable answers on recent chronic cough and upper respiratory symptoms. Overall, the questionnaire is a valuable instrument for community-based research on respiratory symptoms in 1 to 2-year-old children.


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