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Table 1 Items used to measure impact of AOM episode on the QOL of children and their caregivers during last AOM episode

From: Quality of life of children and their caregivers during an AOM episode: development and use of a telephone questionnaire

Children's domains Items
Physical suffering Physical pain, for example pain and discomfort in the ear, fluid leaking from the ear, fever, etc. Would you say this was a <*> problem for your child?
Hearing loss A reduction in hearing, for example, difficulty hearing, having to repeat questions you would ask him/her, the child would often ask "what", playing the TV very loud. Would you say that this was a <*> problem for your child?
Sleeping Lack of sleep, difficulty waking up, etc. Would you say this was a <*> problem for your child?
Emotional distress Emotional distress, for example irritability, sadness, restlessness. Would you say this was <*> problem for your child?
Activity limitations Limitations in his/her activities, for example, playing less, doing fewer things with friends/family, not going to school or daycare, etc. Would you say this was a <*> problem for your child?
Appetite Loss of appetite or nausea. Would you say this was a <*> problem for your child?
Children Overall QOL How would you rate your child's quality of life during the last case of ear infection? <**>
Caregivers' domains Items
Sleeping Sleep difficulties, such as lack of sleep or difficulty waking up? Would you say this was a <*> problem for you?
Changing daily activities Changes in daily activities such as housework, shopping, time spent with other children, etc. Would you say this was a <*> problem for you?
Cancelling of family activities Cancelling family activities such as trips, vacations, outings, etc. Would you say this was a <*> problem for you?
Caregiver emotional distress Emotional distress, such as, for example, feeling anger, irritability, frustration or sadness. Would you say this was a <*> problem for you?
Caregiver concerns Concerns, for example, feeling worried, anxious or powerless. Would you say this was a <*> problem for you?
Overall QOL How would you rate your quality of life during your child's last case of ear infection? <**>
  1. *very significant, significant, not very significant, not at all significant
  2. **very good, good, average, poor, very poor