Use in the clinical setting (e.g. in normal patient care in child and adolescent psychiatry or in practices) is possible without any problems. We recommend the KIDSCREEN-27 or KIDSCREEN-52 for a differentiated assessment. It should be kept in mind that the observed differences to the reference group might be due to the non-anonymous answering of the questions. In addition, the child should be able to read and write sufficiently (elementary school level) to be able to complete the questionnaire by themselves, without discussion with others.
At the moment, we do not offer a digital KIDSCREEN version. However, there are no concerns from our side if you want to program and use the questionnaire yourself as a computer- or web-based questionnaire, as long as no items are changed or omitted or the order or the answer scales are changed.
In our research unit, a German-language computer-adaptive test of health-related quality of life has been devel-oped (the Kids-CAT), which is based, among other things, on the KIDSCREEN instruments (but also other QoL instruments). However, for technical and administrative reasons, it is currently not possible to foresee when the Kids-CAT will be publicly available or available for further use in future studies or in everyday clinical practice. For further information please visit our website.
Use in Other Settings
For use in other settings, we recommend independent literature research.
Simultaneous use of KIDSCREEN and DISABKIDS
In general, the KIDSCREEN is a generic questionnaire and validly measures subjective health-related quality of life in both healthy and chronically ill children and adolescents.
The DISABKIDS questionnaire was developed specifically for chronically ill children and adolescents and thus asks questions that relate specifically to living with the disease (e.g., about medical treatment or how their com-munity deals with the disease).
Thus, although the questionnaires overlap in some questions, the DISABKIDS also measures health-related quali-ty of life in relation to the respective disease. Simultaneous use is not indicated in most cases. However, it always depends on the research question and the selected sample. Further informationen on the DISABKIDS can be found here.