Assessing the Validity and Reliability of the Effects of Youngsters’ Eyesight on Quality of Life Questionnaire Among Children With Uveitis

Amy Cassedy, Mekibib Altaye, Jennifer Andringa, Ashley M. Cooper, Carolyn Drews-Botsch, George Engelhard, Theresa Hennard, Gary N. Holland, Kirsten Jenkins, Scott R. Lambert, Jessi Lipscomb, Courtney McCracken, Deborah K. McCurdy, Joseph McDonald, Najima Mwase, Sampath Prahalad, Erin Stahl, Virginia Miraldi Utz, A. Adrienne Walker, Steven YehSheila T. Angeles-Han

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Objective: The Effects of Youngsters’ Eyesight on Quality of Life (EYE-Q) questionnaire measures vision-related functioning (VRF) and vision-related quality of life (VRQoL) in children with uveitis. Our aim was to revise the alpha version of the EYE-Q to refine VRF and VRQoL subscales and to assess the validity of the EYE-Q. Methods: Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), JIA-associated uveitis, and other noninfectious uveitis were enrolled. Patients and parents completed the EYE-Q, Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (overall quality of life), and Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire (physical functioning). The development site completed the alpha version of the EYE-Q, and the composite sites completed the beta version. We compared item-subscale correlations, internal consistency, and construct and discriminant validity among the different versions. Results: Of the 644 patients enrolled, 61.6% completed the alpha version, and 38.4% the beta version of the EYE-Q. Mean ± SD patient age was 11.1 ± 4.2 years, and 70% were female. Fewer White patients (73.5%) completed the alpha version compared to the beta version (86.2%; P < 0.001). With the exception of patient-reported VRF, both versions had similar item-subscale correlations. Version comparisons on scale internal consistencies indicated significant differences for parent- and patient-reported VRF, but each scale had a Cronbach's α of >0.80 beta. When data were combined, the EYE-Q showed significant differences between JIA-only and uveitis patients on all parent and patient scores, except for patient-reported VRF. Conclusion: The EYE-Q appears to be a valid measure of VRF and VRQoL in pediatric uveitis. Our results suggest it may be used as an outcome measure in multicenter pediatric uveitis studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-363
Number of pages9
JournalArthritis Care and Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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