ThyPRO – 39bg: Translation and Validation in Bulgarian of Thyroid-specific Quality of Life Questionnaire ThyPRO – 39
Author: Gerenova, Julieta B.1 , Watt Torquil 2 , Dimanova, Boryana D. 3
1 Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, University Hospital, Medical Faculty, Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, 2 Department of Medical Endocrinology, Copenhagen University, Hospital Ringhospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark, 3 Department of Psychology and Foreign Language, Medical Faculty, Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Introduction: It is very important in clinical work to evaluate the quality of life of patients with various diseases, as well as the influence of medical treatment on various aspects of health status and the daily and social life of the patients. The questionnaires used, such as SF-36 and EQ-5D, reflect the quality of life of people with various chronic diseases but of more interest are the questionnaires related to the specific characteristics of the particular disease. Material and methods: For patients with thyroid diseases such a questionnaire is ThyPRO (Thyroid – Specific Patient Reported Outcome). For us, its short form – ThyPRO-39 is of particular interest, because besides being specific for patients with benign thyroid diseases, it is also short and easy to use. Aim: The aim of current study was the translation and the validation in the Bulgarian language of the ThyPRO- 39 questionnaire. Results: A linguistic validation of the questionnaire ThyPRO-39bg was prepared in the Bulgarian language according to the established rules. Conclusion: We recommend the wide use of ThyPRO-39bg among Bulgarian patients with benign thyroid diseases, which would then allow a more thorough evaluation of the possible disturbances to their quality of life and the influence of the applied therapy.
Key words: benign thyroid diseases, quality of life, questionnaire.