3 years ago

Phase I–III development of the EORTC QLQ-ANL27, a health-related quality of life questionnaire for anal cancer

There is currently no health-related quality of life (HRQoL) measure specific to anal cancer. Our objective was to develop an anal cancer HRQoL module to supplement the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire using EORTC Quality of Life Group Guidelines. Materials and method In order to generate a list of HRQoL issues facing anal cancer patients treated with chemoradiotherapy (CRT), we systematically reviewed the literature and conducted semi-structured interviews with patients and health care professionals (HCPs). Our list was then operationalised into questions using the EORTC Item Library. The provisional question list was pilot tested alongside the EORTC QLQ-C30 with patients from 11 centres across 8 countries. Results From our literature review and interviews with 43 patients, we generated a list of 197 issues. The list was then refined to 134 issues and reviewed by 34 HCPs and 10 patients. This review resulted in the retention of 65 issues which were used in the draft questionnaire tested by 100 patients. Our analyses led to the modification and removal of questions resulting in a 27 item questionnaire, the EORTC QLQ-ANL27. Conclusion We have developed a 27 item questionnaire to supplement the EORTC QLQ-C30, for use with patients treated for anal cancer. This has been pilot tested and is now available upon request for use in clinical trials as well as clinical practice in 8 languages (http://groups.eortc.be/qol/).

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0167814017327354

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