For Adolescents 12 - 17 years


The Adolescent Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (AdolRQLQ) was developed to measure the functional problems (physical, emotional and social) that are most troublesome to adolescents (12-17 years) children with rhinoconjunctivitis (hayfever).


After identifying all the possible problems that adolescents, with rhinoconjunctivitis may experience, we asked 83 patients in this age group to tell us which of these problems they had experienced as a result of their rhinoconjunctivitis and to score each positively identified problem according to how troublesome it was. The items that were identified most frequently and scored highest were included in the Adol RQLQ.

The Questionnaire

The Adol RQLQ has 25 questions in 6 domains (nose symptoms, eye symptoms, practical problems, activity limitation, non-hayfever symptoms and emotional function). The three activity questions are patient-specific which means that at the initial visit the patient selects the three activities in which they have been most troubled by their hayfever and these activities remain the same at every follow-up assessment. Patients recall how they have been during the previous week and respond to each question on a 7-point scale. The overall Adol RQLQ score is the mean of all 25 responses and the individual domain scores are the means of the items in the those domains.


The Adol RQLQ has strong measurement properties and good validity in adolesents between the ages of 12 and 17 years.

RQLQ or AdolRQLQ in Adult Clinical Trials (12 years and older)?

The functional problems that are most troublesome to adolescents with rhinoconjunctivitis are very similar to those experienced by adults. They are bothered by the same nose, eye and systems symptoms, practical problems and emotional impairments. The only differences are: 1) they are not quite so bothered by sleep problems as adults and, as a result, there is not a separate sleep domain in the Adol RQLQ, just a single sleep question in the practical problems domain, 2) they are unable to do their school work as well as usual (captured in the RQLQ by ‘poor concentration’ and ‘reduced productivity’). As a result, many clinicians, academics and pharmaceutical companies use the RQLQ(S) in studies in which enrollment for adults is 12 years and older.

Primary Reference

Juniper EF, Guyatt GH, Dolovich J. Assessment of quality of life in adolescents with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis: development and testing of a questionnaire for clinical trials. J Allergy Clin Immunol 1994; 93: 413-423.

Original language: English for North America

Formats: Paper: Interviewer-administered, self-administered




Adolescent Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (AdolRQLQ) | Paediatric Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (PRQLQ)