July 30, 2011
Latest Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatircs Includes UK Study on the Validity of QUIC, a New Tool for Recording Infant Behaviors
Outcomes of treatment of infants with crying and sleeping problems are now tracked with a 24 hour daily diary. The diary is the most widely established and validated method of recording infant behaviors but it is time-consuming for parents to complete and clinicians to analyze. A new tool, the Questionnaire for Unexplained Infant Crying (QUIC), was recently assesed at two clinics in the United Kingdom -- a large teaching clinic in Bournemont and a private chiropractic clinic in Tamworth. The study was published in the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics'June issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics,..
The study, which included parents of 30 excessively crying infants who presented consecutively, found that there was concurrent validity between the daily diary and the QUIC form. The parents of the infants were given a 7 day 24 hour behavior diary to complete as well as a QUIC form on day 1 and on the day 7after the infants received chiropractic treatment. Pearson's correlations coefficent was used to assess concurrent validity between the QUIC form and the daily diary.
The authors conclude that though the QUIC form and the daily diary are different outcome measures and there were some issues correlating them, the QUIC form can be a useful tool for a pediatric practice and also a useful instrument for large scale survey studies where the crying diary is impractical.
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