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FertiQoL Scoring

To score the FertiQol online or using excel please click on one of the following:

Response Categories

FertiQoL consists of 36 items scored according to 5 response categories. The response scale has a range of 0 to 4. Higher scores mean higher quality of life. Categories and scales are:

Evaluation Evaluation Frequency Intensity Capacity
Very poor (0) Very dissatisfied (0) Always (0) An extreme amount (0) Completely (0)
Poor (1) Dissatisfied (1) Very often (1) Very much (1) A great deal (1)
Nor good nor poor (2) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied (2) Quite often (2) A moderate amount (2) Moderately (2)
Good (3) Satisfied (3) Seldom (3) A little (3) Not much (3)
Very good (4) Very satisfied (4) Never (4) Not at all (4) Not at all (4)

Subscale and Total Scores

FertiQoL yields six subscale and three total scores with a range of 0 to 100.

Two additional items (marked A and B on the FertiQoL questionnaire) capture an overall evaluation of physical health and satisfaction with quality of life and are not used in FertiQoL scoring.

The Core FertiQoL is the average fertility quality of life across all domains. The subscales for the Core FertiQoL are Emotional, Mind-Body, Relational and Social subscales. The Emotional subscale score shows the impact negative emotions (e.g., jealousy & resentment, sadness, depression) have on quality of life. The Mind-Body subscale score shows the impact infertility has had on physical health (e.g., fatigue, pain) cognition (e.g., concentration) and behaviour (e.g., disrupted daily activities, delayed life plans). The Relational subscale score shows the impact fertility problems have had on the components (e.g., sexuality, communication, commitment) of relationship or partnership.

The Social subscale score shows the extent to which social interactions have been affected by fertility problems (e.g., social inclusion, expectations, stigma, support). The Treatment FertiQoL is the average quality of life across treatment domains. The treatment subscales are Treatment Environment and Treatment Tolerability. The Treatment Environment subscale score shows the extent to which the accessibility and quality of your treatment has impacted your quality of life. The Treatment Tolerability subscale score shows the extent to which you have experienced mental and physical symptoms as a result of your fertility treatment and the impact this has had on daily life. The Total FertiQoL score is the average quality of life for all core and treatment domains.

Subscale and Total Scoring

To score the FertiQoL use the instructions below:

Note: Item number refers to item number on the FertiQoL questionnaire. Items marked ‘Q’ are Core FertiQoL items and those marked T are Treatment FertiQoL items.  Items marked with an R need to be reversed before summing. For these items use the reverse of the response scale (4 to 0, instead of 0 to 4) so that higher scores reflect higher quality of life.

1) Reverse items.

2) Calculate raw scores by summing all items that belong to the subscale or total scale. For the Core FertiQoL add all ‘Q’ items (24 items). For the Treatment FertiQoL add all the ‘T’ items (10 items). For the Total FertiQoL add all Core and Treatment items (34 items).

3) To compute scaled scores for the subscale and total scales, multiply the relevant raw score by 25/k, where k is the number of items in the subscale. The scaled scores range is 0 to 100.

Downloads (Jan 2012)

Scoring example (jpeg)

FertiQoL Scoring (pdf)