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Pediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire

Name of Questionnaire

The Pediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire


Disease-specific questionnaire available in both interviewer and self-administered formats, designed for children aged 7 to 17 years of age. Includes three individualized questions, in which the patient identifies activities which are limited because of asthma. The patient is asked at each subsequent visit how much s/he has been bothered by each of these three activities.


EF Juniper, GH Guyatt, DH Feeny, PJ Ferrie, LE Griffith, M Townsend


Elizabeth Juniper MCSP Msc
20 Marcuse Fields
Bosham, West Sussex
PO18 8NA, England
Tel: +44 1243 572124; Fax: +44 1243 573680



Cost & availability

Yes; contact E. Juniper for permission to use the instrument


Interviewer, self

Time to complete

10 minutes

Number of items


Domains & categories


Name of categories/domains

Symptoms (10 items), activity limitations (5 items--3 are individualized), emotional function (8 items)

Scaling of items

7-point Likert scale


All items are weighted equally. Mean score is calculated across all items within each domain. Overall score is the mean across all items.


a. Test-Retest/Reproducibility Reported 1
b. Internal Consistency Reported 1


Construct validity: significant correlations between domains and clinical measures (FEV1, PEFR, B-agonist use) and domains and feeling thermometer scores 1 .


Reported 1

Minimally important difference

Reflected by a change in score of approximately 0.5 on a 7 point scale 1

Research use

Reported 2 , 3

Clinical use

Not reported.


Original: English (Canada)

More than 30 translations are available; please see Professor Juniper's website for a complete list.


  1. Juniper EF, Guyatt GH, Feeny DH, Ferrie PJ, Griffith LE, Townsend M. Measuring quality of life in children with asthma. Qual Life Res 1996;5:35-46.
  2. Guyatt GH, Juniper EF, Griffith LE, Feeny DH, Ferrie PJ. Children and adult perceptions of childhood asthma. Pediatrics 1997;99(2):165-8.
  3. Juniper EF, Guyatt GH, Feeny DH, Griffith LE, Ferrie PJ. Minimum skills required by children to complete health-related quality of life instruments for asthma: comparison of measurement properties. Eur Respir J 1997;10(10):2285-94.

Date of information

March 1999

Comments from developer

Yes (June 1998)

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