Rhinitis QOL

You can just use generic SF-36 questionnaire, statistically significant differences between patients and controls were observed in seven of nine dimensions in the SF-36 questionnaire. Or RQLQ score (mini-form also available). (J Allergy Clin Immunol 1997;99:S815-9.) SF-36 particuarly highlights mental adverse effects, RQLQ highlights sleep disturbance.

Quality-of-life parameters measured by the RQLQ questionnaire:

  • Sleep – Lack of a good night’s sleep, Wake during the night, Difficulty getting to sleep
  • Non-hay-fever symptoms – Tiredness, Fatigue, Worn out, Reduced productivity, Poor concentration, Thirst, Headache
  • Practical problems -Need to blow nose repeatedly,Need to rub nose/eyes,Inconvenience of having to carry tissues or handkerchief
  • Nasal symptoms -Stuffy/blocked,Sneezing,Runny,Itchy
  • Eye symptoms – Itchy, Watery,  Swollen,  Sore
  • Emotions – Irritable,  Frustrated,  Impatient or restless, Embarrassed by nose/eye symptoms
  • Activities eg  Bicycling Cooking Dancing Doing home maintenance Doing housework Gardening Eating out Jogging, exercising, or running Attending public events Driving a car Watching TV or a movie Singing Mowing the lawn Playing with pets Doing regular social activities Talking (public speaking) Studying or doing homework Taking a test or quiz Visiting friends or relatives Going for a walk Having sexual intercourse Carrying out activities at work Reading Playing sports

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