A New Health-Related Quality of Life Measure for Active Chronic Otitis Media (COMQ-12): Development and Initial Validation

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ObjectiveTo develop and document for clinical use a new HRQoL questionnaire for the assessment of active chronic otitis media.Study DesignTwo-center prospective correlational study.SettingTwo otology referral centers in England.PatientsFifty consecutive adult patients with a history of active chronic otitis media.ResultsConsistency criteria (Cronbach’s alpha) and first principle component loadings showed satisfactory scoring with 11 of the original 12 items. A single factor was obtained correlating highly with simple unweighted scoring.ConclusionSufficient consistency and initial validity information was obtained from patients with a history of active chronic otitis media to justify clinical use of the reduced item set and acquisition of further data to refine scoring.

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