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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-34

Preference and Satisfaction with Cancer Institute quality of life questionnaire, (CI - QoL) V. II and EORTC QLQ-C30 Tamil version: An observational study

1 Department of Psycho-Oncology, Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Fenivi Research Solutions, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Sasikala Athikesavan
Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/crst.crst_218_21

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Background: Quality of life (QoL) is an important clinical outcome in oncology and various tools are available for its assessment. The Cancer Institute QoL Questionnaire, Version II (CI-QoL II) is a questionnaire standardized for use in the Indian setting. Objectives: This study was aimed at evaluating the preference for and satisfaction with CI-QoL II and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer QoL Questionnaire Core 30 (EORTC QLQ-C30) (Tamil version) among patients with cancer. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted in the Department of Psycho-Oncology of the Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai, India, in patients with cancer between September and October 2017. Participants were administered the CI-QoL II and EORTC QLQ-C30, questionnaires 15 min apart, and a debriefing interview was conducted to explore relevant, confusing, or upsetting items. Results: A total of 60 participants were included in the study. The mean age was 38 years (range, 18–60). CI-QoL II was preferred by 43% of the patients and EORTC QLQ-C30 by 20%. Around 85% of patients reported satisfaction with both questionnaires, 12% with CI-QoL II, and 3% with EORTC QLQ-C30. In EORTC QLQ-C30, items on daily activities (10%) and leisure activities (10%) were reported as confusing; impact on family (1.7%), social life (1.7%), and financial life (1.7%) were reported as upsetting; need for rest (5%), irritability (5%), daily activities (13.3%), and leisure activities (18.3%) were reported as irrelevant. In CI-QoL, items on dependency on medication (5%) were reported as confusing, spousal support (6.7%), and sex life (5%) were reported as upsetting, and dependency on medication (23.3%), sex life (31.7%), and spousal support (16.7%) were reported as irrelevant. Conclusion: Over twice the number of patients prefer the CI-QoL II questionnaire to EORTC QLQ-C30; more patients are satisfied with CI-QOL II. The CI-QoL II obtains more information on the QoL of patients to facilitate psychological counseling in the clinical setting, whereas EORTC QLQ-C30 is more appropriate in eliciting responses without bias.

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