The Chinese Utian Quality of Life Scale for women around menopause

Translation and psychometric testing

Ping Ling Chen, Hsiang Tai Chao, Kuei Ru Chou, Hui Mei Huang, Sue Yueh Cheng, Wulf H. Utian, Yuan Mei Liao

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Objective: Chinese-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). Methods: A 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. Results: The 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). Conclusions: The 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-447
Number of pages10
JournalMenopause
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

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Menopause
Psychometrics
Quality of Life
Reproducibility of Results
Health Surveys
Taiwan
Language
Gynecology
Obstetrics
Outpatients

Keywords

  • Instrument development
  • Menopause
  • Quality of life
  • Utian Quality of Life Scale

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  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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The Chinese Utian Quality of Life Scale for women around menopause : Translation and psychometric testing. / Chen, Ping Ling; Chao, Hsiang Tai; Chou, Kuei Ru; Huang, Hui Mei; Cheng, Sue Yueh; Utian, Wulf H.; Liao, Yuan Mei.

In: Menopause, Vol. 19, No. 4, 04.2012, p. 438-447.

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Chen, Ping Ling ; Chao, Hsiang Tai ; Chou, Kuei Ru ; Huang, Hui Mei ; Cheng, Sue Yueh ; Utian, Wulf H. ; Liao, Yuan Mei. / The Chinese Utian Quality of Life Scale for women around menopause : Translation and psychometric testing. In: Menopause. 2012 ; Vol. 19, No. 4. pp. 438-447.
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