A cross sectional survey on health-related quality of life of elementary school students using the Korean version of the EQ-5D-Y

  • Kim S
  • Jo M
  • Kim S
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Background and Objective. The Korean version of the EQ-5D-Y was launched<br />in 2015 by the EuroQol group. Currently, there is no HRQOL data obtained<br />by using the EQ-5D-Y in Korea. This study aimed to measure<br />health-related quality of life of Korean elementary school students<br />using the EQ-5D-Y.<br />Methods. Elementary school students were recruited from 11 primary<br />schools in Gyungbuk South Korea. The EQ-5D-Y was self-administered in<br />the sample population. Demographic characteristics were collected from<br />the subjects' parents or guardians. The percentage of respondents<br />reporting problems and VAS scores were calculated. Feasibility of the<br />EQ-5D-Y was assessed by analysing the proportion of missing responses.<br />The percentage of reported problems on the dimensions and VAS score<br />between groups were compared by demographic factors.<br />Results. A total of 2,494 questionnaires were collected. There were 24<br />(0.96%) missing responses on the EQ-5D-Y and 187 (7.5%) missing VAS<br />score responses. The proportion of reported problems ranged from 2.3%<br />on the mobility dimension to 9.8% on the ``having pain or<br />discomforf{''} dimension. There was no significant difference in the<br />proportion of problems by age group in male participants. However, in<br />females, the older group reported significantly more problems on the<br />``having pain or discomfort{''} and ``feeling worried, sad, or<br />unhappy{''} dimensions compared to the younger group. Students living<br />with parents with the lowest educational level reported significantly<br />more problems on the ``looking after myself{''} and ``doing usual<br />activities{''} dimensions than did those living with parents with higher<br />levels of education.<br />Discussion. This study showed the distribution of health-related quality<br />of life and explored the feasibility of the EQ-5D-Y for measuring<br />health-related quality of life in Korean elementary school students.<br />Further studies are required to examine other psychometric properties of<br />the Korean EQ-5D-Y.




Kim, S.-K., Jo, M.-W., & Kim, S.-H. (2017). A cross sectional survey on health-related quality of life of elementary school students using the Korean version of the EQ-5D-Y. PeerJ, 5, e3115. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3115

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