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Severe Respiratory Insufficiency Questionnaire (SRI)


Health related quality of life measure. Developed for use by patients with respiratory failure from a variety of underlying diseases receiving mechanical ventilation.


W Windisch


Dr Wolfram Windisch
Department of Pneumonology
University Hospital Freiburg
Killiamstrasse 5
Freiburg D-79106 GERMANY



Self administered

Time to complete

20 minutes

Number of items


Domains & categories (#)

7 categories

Name of domains/ categories

Respiratory complaints, physical functioning, attendant symptoms and sleep, social relationships, anxiety, psychological well-being, social functioning

Scaling of items

5-point Likert scale


0 to 100 (best quality of life). Summary scale


a. Test-retest/reproducibility: Not Reported
b. Internal consistency: Reported1


Concurrent reported 1


Reported 2,3

Research use

Yes, including clinical trials2,3

Clinical use

Not tested


Original: GermanTranslations: Spanish version available4


  1. Windisch W, K Freidel, B schucher, H Baumann, M Wiebel, H Matthys, F Petermann. The severe respiratory insufficiency questionnaire a specific measure of health-related quality of life in patients receiving home mechanical ventilation. J Clin Epidemiol 2003;56:752-759.
  2. Windisch W, M Dreher, J H Storre, S Sorichter. Nocturnal non-invasive positive pressure ventilation: physiological effects on spontaneous breathing. Respir Physiol Neurobiol 2006; 150:251-260.
  3. Storre JH, Seuthe B, Fiechter R, Milioglou S, Dreher M, Sorichter S, Windisch W. Average volume-assured pressure support in obesity hypoventilation: A randomized crossover trial. Chest 2006; 130:815-821.
  4. Lopez-Campos JL, Failde I, Jimenez AL, Jimenez FM, Cortes EB, Moya JMB, Garcia RA, Windisch W. Calidad de vida relacionada con la salud de pacientes en programa de ventilacion mecanica domiciliaria. La version espanola del cuestionario SRI. Arch Bronconeumol 2006; 42:588-593.

Date of information

January 2007

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