We used the validated Spanish version for Argentina of the ADDQoL. The original version of the ADDQoL in English was translated and transculturally adapted to Argentina by Perrotta and Irazola (15) showing an adequate reliability and validity.
In addition to the assessment of these domains, the ADDQoL also includes two global measures.
We calculated the mean, standard deviation and median of the ADDQoL measures and performed subgroup analyses to examine the association of socio-demographic characteristics, level of glycemic control and diabetes complications with ADDQoL scores.
When we explored the association of socio-demographic characteristics, level of glycemic control and diabetes complications with ADDQoL scores (Table 2), we only found significant differences in the analysis by gender.
Likewise, for the remaining variables analyzed, we did not find statistically significant differences in the ADDQoL scores either in the bivariate analysis or after adjusting for age, gender, education, employment status, health insurance, obesity, Glycosylated Hemoglobin (HA1c) and diabetes complications.
The other domains where ADDQoL showed a greater effect on HRQoL were, 'freedom to eat as I wish' -2.47 (SD: 2.49)', 'living conditions'-2.33 (SD: 2.63), 'sex life' -2.27 (SD: 2.60), and 'family life -2.05 (SD: 2.46).
This is the first study describing HRQoL in T2DM patients treated with insulin using a diabetes specific instrument as ADDQoL in Argentina.
(33) also reported that older age (60 years of age) was independently associated with higher ADDQoL scores in a multivariate analysis.
Validacion linguistica de un cuestionario especifico para medir calidad de vida relacionada con la salud (CVRS) "Audit of life diabetes dependent questionnaire" (ADDQOL) al espanol como se habla en la Argentina.
The development of an individualized questionnaire measure of perceived impact of diabetes on quality of life: the ADDQoL. Qual Life Res 1999; 8: 79-91.