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Children's Hymenoptera Venom Allergy
Quality of Life Scale



The Children's Hymenoptera Venom Allergy Quality of Life Scale (CHVAQoLS) [1] is a tool designed to measure health-related quality of life (HRQoL) [2] of children and adolescents (up to 18 years in age) with Hymenoptera venom allergy (HVA). The idea of the scale's construction was based on previous work of its authors on HRQoL of children and adolescents with HVA, conducted with use of adaptations of VQLQ [3] for children (up to 13 years old) [4,5] and adolescents (14 years old and over) [6,7]. The scale is a self-administered instrument, consisting of 19 items, covering 6 dimension of HRQoL of young patients with allergy to bee or wasp venom: anxiety against stinging insects and their stings, caution - behaviours leading to decrease risk of being stung, limitations - the extent to which a child or adolescent with HVA has to limit his everyday activity, discomfort caused by feelings of anxiety and limitations as well as undertaken cautious behaviours, support received from parents and feeling of safety. Each subscale was built using 3 items, with the exception of the feeling of safety subscale, which consists of 4 items. The scale was developed in Polish [1].

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