The Chinese Utian Quality of Life Scale for women around menopause: translation and psychometric testing


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Abstract

ObjectiveChinese-language scales for assessing quality of life in women around menopause are rare. This study was conducted to evaluate the psychometric properties of a Chinese-language version of the Utian Quality of Life Scale (UQOL-C).MethodsA sample of women (n = 434) between 41 and 60 years old was recruited from an obstetrics/gynecology outpatient department in Taipei. After translating the instrument, we conducted psychometric testing, which included internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and construct validity. Construct validity of the UQOL-C was examined by testing the correlations between the UQOL-C and the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey Taiwan version and between the UQOL-C and the Greene Climacteric Scale Chinese version.ResultsThe Chinese translation captured the content of the original tool. The reliability coefficients (Cronbach α) for the quality of life domains measured were as follows: 0.86, overall; 0.85, occupational; 0.70, health-related; 0.66, emotional; and 0.61, sexual. The test-retest reliability of the UQOL-C was satisfactory (r = 0.88-0.91, P < 0.001). The construct validity of the UQOL-C was confirmed through significant correlations between scores on (1) the UQOL-C and the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey Taiwan version (r = 0.15-0.59, P < 0.01) and (2) the UQOL-C and the Greene Climacteric Scale Chinese version (r = −0.10 to −0.56, P < 0.05).ConclusionsThe UQOL-C was shown to be reliable and valid with this sample of women between 41 and 60 years old. The low Cronbach α values of the UQOL-C emotional and sexual domains suggested that the reliability of these two domains required further studies.

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