Teenager's Quality of Life Index
The Teenager’s Quality of Life (T-QoL) questionnaire is designed to measure the current impact of any skin disease on the quality of life of teenagers/adolescents.
T-QoL consists of 18 questions. It is self-explanatory and can be simply handed to the person who is asked to fill it in, without the need for detailed explanation.
Who can use it
Any teenager/adolescent who has a skin condition or disease can complete T-QoL.
T-QoL can be used by clinicians in order to assist the clinical consultation, evaluation and clinical decision-making process, by pharmaceutical companies, with-profit organisations, students or researchers.
Depending on who you are 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.
T-QoL is a questionnaire designed for people aged from 12 years to 19 years (i.e. up to 19 years 11 months).
Time for completion
The questionnaires are usually completed in one to two minutes.
The questions relate to the experiences at the time of completion.
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Teenager's Quality of Life Index (T-QoL) - original UK English version
This questionnaire is designed to measure the current impact of any skin disease on the quality of life of teenagers/adolescents.
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Different language versions
This zip file contains the questionnaire in Spanish, along with the translation certificate. More languages will be added when they become available. Find out more about our translation and linguistic validation process, and what to do if you'd like to create a new translation.
Teenager's Quality of Life Index (T-QoL) - different language versions
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How to score it
The scoring of each question is as follows:
- Never = 0
- Sometimes = 1
- Always = 2
The T-QoL total score is calculated by summing the score of each of the 18 questions, resulting in a maximum of 36 and a minimum of 0.
The questions in the T-QoL are divided into three parts (domains):
- Self-image (8 questions)
- Physical well-being and future aspirations (4 questions)
- Psychological impact and relationships (6 questions)
The T-QoL score can also be reported as three separate scores:
- T-QoL self-image (score range 0-16)
- T-QoL physical/future (score range 0-8)
- T-QoL psychological/relationships (score range 0-12)
Meaning of scores
The higher the score, the greater the impairment of quality of life.
T-QoL is copyright worldwide, so you must not change the format, wording or design of the questionnaire.
The copyright statement must always be reprinted at the end of every copy of this questionnaire in whatever language:
© MS Salek, MKA Basra, AY Finlay, July 2011
By agreement, the University now owns and administers all copyright matters relating to T-QoL.
T-QoL was developed by Dr M K A Basra and Professor A Y Finlay from the Department of Dermatology and Wound Healing, School of Medicine and by Professor M S Salek from the Centre for Pharmacoeconomic Research, Cardiff School Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Basra MKA, Salek MS, Fenech D, Finlay AY. Conceptualization, development and validation of T-QoL© (Teenagers’ Quality of Life): a patient-focused measure to assess quality of life of adolescents with skin diseases. British Journal of Dermatology 2018; 178: 161-175.
Other key publications
- Golics CJ, Basra MKA, Finlay AY, Salek MS. Adolescents with skin disease have specific quality of life issues. Dermatology 2009; 218:357–66.
- Prinsen CAC. T-QoL: a quality of life outcome measure specifically developed for adolescents with skin diseases. Br J Dermatol 2018; 178: 23-25.
- de Vere Hunt I, Chapman K, Wali G, Bullus S, Fisher R, Matin R, McPherson T. Establishing and developing a teenage and young adult dermatology clinic with embedded psychological support. Clin Exp Dermatol 2019 Feb 19. doi: 10.1111/ced.13950
- Alonso-Naranjo L, Berna-Rico E, Blanco Abbad-Jaime de Aragón C, Castañeda-Vozmediano R, Prieto-López L, Sánchez-Moya AI, Pérez-Hortet C, González-Cantero Á.Actas Dermosifiliogr. Spanish Version of Teenagers' Quality of Life (T-QoL) for Adolescents with Skin Diseases: Translation, Cultural Adaptation and Validation.
2023 Jan 20:S0001-7310(23)00042-X. doi: 10.1016/j.ad.2023.01.003. Online ahead of print.PMID: 36690147 Free article. English, Spanish.
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Dr. Faraz Ali
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Professor Andrew Finlay
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