A1 Journal article – refereed

The evaluation of the reliability and validity properties of the Greek version of the xerostomia questionnaire (ΧQ)




List of Authors: Charalambous Melanie, Papakyriacou Christiana, Tsitsi Theologia, Katodritis Nicos, Vomvas Dimitrios, Charalambous Andreas

Publisher: Churchill Livingstone

Publication year: 2021

Journal: European Journal of Oncology Nursing

Journal name in source: European Journal of Oncology Nursing

Volume number: 52

eISSN: 1532-2122

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2021.101971


Abstract

Purpose
Xerostomia is one of the multidimensional effects of cancer therapy that can impact on patients’ quality of life. This study aims to evaluate the reliability and validity properties of the xerostomia questionnaire.
Methods
The data were retrieved from a randomized, interventional and longitudinal follow-up study of 72 head and neck cancer patients on active oral radiotherapy. Data were retrieved by the Xerostomia Questionnaire, the EORTC-QLQ C30 and EORT QLQ HN35. Data analyzes included intrinsic credibility of affinity Cronbach alpha factor, which is related to validity and cross-sectional validity.
Results
The Cronbach's alpha index of the Greek version of the questionnaire was high. Explicitly, the total scale of the questionnaire had an α = 0.97, and the individual dimensions - Degree of dryness and the quality of life had an alpha of 0.97 and 0.98 respectively. The xerostomia dimension of the questionnaire has a high positive correlation with QLQ C30 overall (r = 0.61, p < 0.001), and with the HN35 xerostomia dimension (r = 0.63, p < 0.001) which demonstrate its' concurrent validity. The dimensions of the xerostomia questionnaire were highly correlated with the EORTC-QLQ C30 dimensions which supports its' predictive validity. The level of xerostomia and the quality of life varied according to the level of pain of the patients (p < 0.001) that support the cross-sectional validity of the questionnaire.
Conclusion
The Greek version of the xerostomia questionnaire is a reliable and valid tool for use in head and neck cancer patients on active oral radiotherapy.


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