FREE TO NON-PROFIT USERS
Easily available to clinicians and researchers

SHORT INDEPENDENTLY FUNCTIONING SCALES
Choice of scales customizable for different needs

MEASURING WHAT MATTERS TO PATIENTS
Appearance, quality of life, adverse effects

USED WIDELY AROUND THE WORLD
Available in multiple languages

STRONG PSYCHOMETRIC PERFORMANCE
Rigorously developed and sensitive to clinical change

CONCEPT-DRIVEN APPROACH

The EAR-Q was developed from concept elicitation interviews with 25 participants: 14 with microtia, 9 with prominent ears, and 2 with another ear condition. The scales were refined with patient and expert input and translated into multiple languages. The EAR-Q was then field-tested in an international sample of 863 participants: 607 with microtia, 145 with prominent ears, and 111 with another ear condition.

MODULAR DESIGN

The EAR-Q is for anyone aged 8 to 29 years with any type of ear condition. The EAR-Q includes 6 independently functioning scales and 3 single item questions.  The variety of scales provides flexibility to choose the subset of scales best suited to measure the outcomes of interest in any given study or clinical situation.

Advancing Knowledge &
Improving Health Outcomes

Research

Can be used in research studies and clinical trials to study different surgical approaches.

Industry

Carefully designed to meet the requirements of regulatory bodies.

Benchmarking

Can be used to benchmark outcomes in quality improvement initiatives.

Patient Care

Designed using a modern psychometric approach to facilitate use in patient care.

Scale Structure

The EAR-Q is a rigorously designed patient-reported outcome measure that can be used to collect and compare evidence-based outcomes data from patients aged 8 to 29 years with any kind of ear condition. The EAR-Q measures 3 overarching domains.  Each domain is composed of 1 or more independently functioning scales. Clinicians and researchers are able to administer the subset of scales relevant to their situation.

EAR-SPECIFIC

The EAR-Q includes 2 ear-specific scales. One scale measures how the ear(s) look from the patient perspective (e.g., shape and size, look in photos, from the side and when wearing a hat). The other scale measures adverse effects following ear treatment. There are also 3 single items that ask about how ear scars look and feel and how hearing aids look.

HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE

The EAR-Q includes 4 scales that measure aspects of health-related quality of life, including psychological, social and school function and appearance-related distress.

EAR-Q Framework

Our Team

Dr Anne Klassen

Dr Anne Klassen

McMaster University, Canada
Dr Karen Wong Riff

Dr Karen Wong Riff

Hospital for Sick Children, Canada

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