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Infants' Dermatitis Quality of Life Index

The Infants' Dermatitis Quality of Life Index (IDQOL) questionnaire is designed for use in infants with atopic dermatitis below the age of four years.

It is self-explanatory and should be completed by the child’s parent(s) or regular carer.

Who can use it

This questionnaire can be used in a range of settings by clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, for-profit organisations, students or researchers.

Depending on who you are and what you're using the questionnaire for, you may need to apply for a licence and pay a fee.

Learn more about who can use this questionnaire and how to administer it.

Time for completion

It can usually be completed within two minutes.

Recall period

The questions are designed to be completed with a one-week recall period.

Download the questionnaire

The Infants' Dermatitis Quality of Life Index (IDQOL) - English version

This questionnaire is designed for infants with atopic dermatitis below the age of four.

Different language versions

This zip file contains the questionnaires in different languages, along with the translation certificates. Find out more about our translation and linguistic validation process, and what to do if you'd like to create a new translation.

The Infants' Dermatitis Quality of Life Index (IDQOL) - different language versions

Download the questionnaire in several different languages: Arabic, Bahasa, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Fijian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Yoruba.

How to score it

The Infants' Dermatitis Quality of Life Index is calculated by summing the score of each question, resulting in a maximum of 30 and a minimum of 0. The higher the score, the more quality of life is impaired.

The severity of eczema is scored separately and can be correlated with the Infants' Dermatitis Quality of Life Index.

Dermatitis severity

This is scored separately from the Life Quality Index.

  • Extremely severe = 4
  • Severe = 3
  • Average = 2
  • Fairly good = 1
  • None = 0

Life Quality Index

For questions 1 and 5 to 10, the scoring is:

  • All the time = 3
  • A lot = 2
  • A little = 1
  • None = 0

For question 2, the scoring is:

  • Always crying, etc = 3
  • Very fretful = 2
  • Slightly fretful = 1
  • Happy = 0

For question 3, the scoring is:

  • More than two hours = 3
  • 1-2 hours = 2
  • 15 mins to 1 hour = 1
  • 0-15 minutes = 0

For question 4, the scoring is:

  • Five hours or more = 3
  • 3-4 hours = 2
  • 1-2 hours = 1
  • Less than one hour = 0


Please note that the Infants' Dermatitis Quality of Life Index is protected under copyright, so you must not change the format, wording or design of the questionnaire. The copyright statement for the Index, which must always be reproduced at the end of every copy, is:

© M.S. Lewis-Jones, A.Y. Finlay, Jan 2000.

By agreement, the University now owns and administers all copyright matters relating to the IDQOL.

Original publication

Lewis-Jones M S, Finlay A Y, Dykes P J. The Infants’ Dermatitis Quality of Life Index. Br J Dermatol 2001; 144: 104-10.

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Contact us

If you have any questions, or you have feedback on our web pages, please get in touch.

General queries and feedback

Dr. Faraz Ali

Dermatology Quality of Life Administrator

Financial, contractual or student enquiries

Joy Hayes

Licencing enquiries

Technology Transfer office

If you need to contact Professor Finlay

Professor Andrew Finlay