University of Nottingham

Quality of Life (QoL)

At the recent HOME VII meeting in Tokyo, Japan, the following instruments were recommended for quality of life (QoL) (skin specific):

  • The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI)
  • The Children’s Dermatology Life Quality Index (CDLQI)
  • The Infants' Dermatitis Quality of Life Index (IDQOL) 

The systematic reviews of measurement properties listed below were updated with new validation studies (not yet published), and the revised COSMIN checklist which focuses on the key elements of validation was applied. 

This group of instruments covers all ages, have good face-validity and are easily the most widely used skin-specific QoL instruments in trials. However, new instruments are currently being developed and these will be considered in due course as all COS are “forever preliminary”. 

Click here for more detail and to access the instruments. 

If you are interested in working as part of HOME to develop or assess new QoL instruments, please contact us.

Related publications

Measurement properties of adult quality-of-life measurement instruments for eczema: protocol for a systematic review
Apfelbacher CJ, Heinl D, Prinsen CA, Deckert S, Chalmers J, Ofenloch R, Humphreys R, Sach T, Chamlin S, Schmitt J.
Syst Rev. 2015 Apr 16;4(1):48 (Abstract Link)

Measurement properties of quality-of-life measurement instruments for infants, children and adolescents with eczema: a systematic review
Heinl D, Prinsen CA, Sach T, Drucker AM, Ofenloch R, Flohr C, Apfelbacher C.
Br J Dermatol. 2016 Aug 20 doi: 10.1111/bjd.14966 (Abstract Link)


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