A validation study of the Dutch version of the Quality of Life - Cancer Survivor (QOL-CS) questionnaire in a group of prostate cancer survivors

Femke W. Van Dis, Floortje Mols, Ad J.J.M. Vingerhoets, Betty Ferrell, Lonneke V. Van De Poll-Franse

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Abstract

The primary objective of this study was to validate the Dutch version of the Quality of Life - Cancer Survivor (QOL-CS) questionnaire using a group of Dutch prostate cancer survivors. The QOL-CS was specifically designed to measure the quality of life of long-term cancer survivors. We performed a population-based, cohort study of 784 prostate cancer survivors who were diagnosed with prostate cancer between 1994 and 1998. To determine the test-retest reliability, second questionnaires were sent to 109 participants, of whom 103 (94%) returned the forms. The quality of life in Dutch long-term prostate cancer survivors was adequately measured by the physical, psychological and social well-being subscale and can be used in order to measure the specific aspects of quality of life important to cancer survivors. However, as the subscale spiritual well-being showed a low internal consistency, which could be related to cultural background, it seems to be appropriate to evaluate the validity and reliability of the QOL-CS in other cultural settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1607-1612
Number of pages6
JournalQuality of Life Research
Volume15
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Cancer survivor
  • Prostate cancer
  • Quality of life
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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