Validation of the food allergy quality of life:parental burden questionnaire in the UK


Purpose - Food allergy can have a profound effect on quality of life (QoL) of the family. The Food Allergy Quality of Life—Parental Burden Questionnaire (FAQL-PB) was developed on a US sample to assess the QoL of parents with food allergic children. The aim of this study was to examine the reliability and validity of the FAQL-PB in a UK sample and to assess the effect of asking about parental burden in the last week compared with parental burden in general, with no time limit for recall given. Methods - A total of 1,200 parents who had at least one child with food allergy were sent the FAQL-PB and the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ-PF50); of whom only 63 % responded. Results - Factor analysis of the FAQL-PB revealed two factors: limitations on life and emotional distress. The total scale and the two sub-scales had high internal reliability (all a > 0.85). There were small to moderate but significant correlations between total FAQL-PB scores and health and parental impact measures on the CHQ-PF50 (p < 0.01). Significantly greater parental burden was reported for the no-time limited compared with the time-limited version (p < 0.01). Conclusions - The FAQL-PB is a reliable and valid measure for use in the UK. The scale could be used in clinic to assess the physical and emotional quality of life in addition to the impact on total quality of life.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: food allergy ,quality of life,parental burden scale,Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Publication ISSN: 1573-2649
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 08:13
Date Deposited: 01 May 2013 09:51
Full Text Link: http://link.spr ... 1136-012-0295-3
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Published Date: 2013-09
Published Online Date: 2012-10-18
Authors: Knibb, Rebecca C. (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5561-0904)
Stalker, Carol



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