The ePedsQL™ in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Feasibility, reliability, and validity of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ Internet administration Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) is a modular instrument designed to measure health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in children and adolescents aged 2-18 years. The PedsQL 4.0 Generic Core Scales are child self-report and parent proxy-report scales developed as the generic core measure to be integrated with the PedsQL disease-specific modules. The electronic version of the PedsQL 4.0 (ePedsQL) was designed for Internet administration. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Utilizing a randomized crossover design, the PedsQL scales were administered to 92 pediatric patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and 93 parents in electronic and paper formats. RESULTS: Missing values (0.76% child report, 0.37% parent report), internal consistency reliability (total scale score alpha = 0.90 child report, 0.92 parent report), and mean scores (total scale score M = 78.41 child report, 76.19 parent report) were equivalent between the electronic and paper-and-pencil modes of administration. The ePedsQL distinguished between healthy children and children with diabetes. CONCLUSIONS: The ePedsQL Internet mode of administration demonstrated equivalent measurement properties to the well-established PedsQL paper-and-pencil mode of administration.

author list (cited authors)

  • Varni, J. W., Limbers, C. A., Burwinkle, T. M., Bryant, W. P., & Wilson, D. P.

citation count

  • 43

complete list of authors

  • Varni, James W||Limbers, Christine A||Burwinkle, Tasha M||Bryant, William P||Wilson, Don P

publication date

  • April 2008