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Keywords:

  • Parkinson's disease;
  • health-related quality of life;
  • PDQ-8;
  • PDQ-39;
  • depression

Abstract

Various instruments with good psychometric properties have been developed for the assessment of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in Parkinson's disease, (PD); however, in everyday practice a brief questionnaire is needed for quick screening of patients. We present the process of development and validation of the Greek version of PD questionnaire-8 (PDQ-8GrV), which is an 8-item scale derived from a well-known measure for the evaluation of HRQoL in PD, the PD questionnaire (PDQ-39). PDQ-8 GrV was applied to 228 nondemented Greek PD patients. Data from PDQ-39 were also collected from these patients for comparisons between the total scores of the two scales. Detailed statistical analysis showed that PD-8GrV has psychometric properties analogous to its parent questionnaire. © 2003 Movement Disorder Society