In the original Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire, the 3 activities in the activity limitation domain are all "patient-specific". This has enabled the questionnaire to focus on the activity limitations that are important to each individual patient. For instance, patients with hayfever (summer seasonal allergic rhinitis) often experience problems with outdoor activities, those with perennial allergic rhinitis (e.g., sensitivity to such things as house dust and animal dander) usually have problems with indoor activities. Although ‘patient-specific activities’ is theoretically great, there were a number of practical problems such as patients changing activities during follow-up and training of clinic staff to ensure that the same activities are retained at every follow-up. In addition, it was very time consuming. Therefore, we reviewed all the studies that had been done with the original RQLQ, identified the most commonly selected activities and from them devised 3 standardised activity questions (i.e. the same for all patients). The version with these generic activity questions is the Standardised Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (RQLQ(S)).

The RQLQ(S) is now the most extensively used of all our rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life questionnaires because it has strong measurement properties and is quick and easy to use.

Completion time: 2-4 minutes.

Primary Reference

Juniper EF, Thompson AK , Ferrie PJ, Roberts JN. Validation of a standardised version of the Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire. J Allergy Clin Immunol 1999; 104: 364-9.

Original language: English for North America

Formats: Paper: Interviewer-administered and self-administered

Various electronic devices




Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (RQLQ) - original | Standardised Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (RQLQ(S)) | Mini Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (MiniRQLQ) | Nocturnal Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (NRQLQ)