The authors of this paper reviewed various quality of life measurement tools which are used to assess the effects of speech and language difficulties in children and adolescents. Measuring quality of life outcomes in children with these difficulties is not easy due to the heterogeneity in impairments and several targets during intervention. However, due to the increasing demands of policy makers, quality of life measurements are becoming important as they help decisions during resource allocation. Most of the studies use generic QoL measures and five studies used preference based QoL such as 16D/17D, HU13, EQ5D and QWB-SA. The authors found that of the several measures used, HU13 generated the most relevant estimates despite the fact that the weights for this measure were generated with adults.

Measuring quality of life in children with speech and language difficulties: a systematic review of existing approaches.
Gomersall T, Spencer S, Basarir H, Tsuchiya A, Clegg J, Sutton A, Dickinson K.
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Gauri Mankekar

Department of Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery, Louisiana State University Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.

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