To develop and document for clinical use a new HRQoL questionnaire for the assessment of active chronic otitis media.Study Design
Two-center prospective correlational study.Setting
Two otology referral centers in England.Patients
Fifty consecutive adult patients with a history of active chronic otitis media.Results
Consistency 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.Conclusion
Sufficient 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.