Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the 'Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Instrument' in Hungarian

J. Füvesi, K. Bencsik, K. Benedek, K. Mátyás, E. Mészáros, C. Rajda, E. Losonczi, Zs Fricska-Nagy, László Vécsei

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Health-related quality of life measurements are gaining more importance in the study and clinical practice of multiple sclerosis. The aim of our study was the adaptation of the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Instrument (MSQOL-54) in Hungarian. The study was carried out at the Department of Neurology, University of Szeged and two other multiple sclerosis centers. The Hungarian translation of the questionnaire was given to patients at the outpatient units of the neurology departments. The EDSS score of the patients were determined and data concerning the onset and the clinical form of the disease was collected. Altogether 438 patients filled out the questionnaire. We enrolled patients with all clinical forms of the disease. Cronbach's alpha coefficients were over 0.8 in case of all scales except 'Role-limitations - emotional' (0.794), indicating a good internal consistency reliability for group comparisons. The instrument was able to distinguish between known clinical group differences. The Hungarian version of the MSQOL-54 instrument shows good psychometric properties similar to the original questionnaire.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-398
Number of pages8
JournalMultiple Sclerosis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2008


  • Health-related quality of life
  • Internal consistency reliability
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Quality of life
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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