The Hot Flash Related Daily Interference Scale: A tool for assessing the impact of hot flashes on quality of life following breast cancer

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To assess the psychometric properties of the Hot Flash Related Daily Interference Scale (HFRDIS), a sample of breast cancer survivors and an age-matched comparison group completed a questionnaire packet and 2-day prospective hot flash diary at an initial time point and again 6 months later. There were 71 breast cancer survivors and 63 comparators at Time 1, and 54 survivors and 46 comparators at Time 2. The HFRDIS was internally consistent, with alphas of 0.96 at times 1 and 2. Validity was supported through 1) correlations with other hot flash variables, 2) correlations with measures of affect and mood, 3) significant differences between women with hot flashes and those without, and 4) demonstrated sensitivity to change over time. The HFRDIS is a psychometrically sound measure for assessing the impact of hot flashes on daily activities and overall quality of life in clinical practice or research protocols.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)979-989
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 31 2001



  • Breast cancer
  • Hot flashes
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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