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Table 1 Brace Questionnaire (BrQ) administered to the patient

From: Quality of life and patient satisfaction in bracing treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

This questionnaire asks how you feel about your health, while you are wearing a brace. This is not a test and there are no right or wrong answers.
 Please read carefully every question
 Choose the best answer and mark with an x
 Example
  • During the last week, you were in a good mood for studying
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the times
  • Always
 Please tell us a few things about yourself:
  You are a boy/a girl (cross out what is NOT correct)
  How old are you? ......... years.
  You are wearing the brace since ………. months/years.
  You are wearing the brace for ….. hours/day
  Date ……………………………
During the first 3 months
 1. The brace made you feel ill
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 2. You were afraid that your back will get worse
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
During the past 3 months while you were wearing the brace...
 3. You felt tired when walking
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 4. You were able to run
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 5. You managed to wear the brace without any help
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 6. You managed to take off the brace without any help
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 7. You could not eat well
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 8. You could not sleep well
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 9. You could not breathe well
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
During the past 3 months…
 10. The brace made you feel nervous
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 11. You felt worried because of the brace
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 12. You felt happy
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 13. You believed that your life would be better if you were not on brace
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 14. You believed that brace treatment was beneficial
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
During the past 1 month...
 15. You felt proud of yourself
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 16. You were satisfied with your body
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
During the past 1 month
 17. You felt strong and full of energy
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 18. You felt tired and exhausted because of the brace
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
During the past 1 month, because of the brace...
 19. You had difficulties with your lessons
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 20. You were absent from school
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 21. You found it hard to pay attention in the classroom
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
During the past 1 month, while you were wearing the brace...
 22. You had to take medication for pain
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 23. You had pain during the night
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 24. You had pain when walking
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 25. You had pain when sitting
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 26. You had pain when climbing stairs
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 27. You felt pins and needles in your arms or legs
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
During the past 1 month, because of the brace...
 28. You could not go out with your friends
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 29. Your friends felt compassion for you
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 30. You felt different from your peers
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 31. You had problems with your family
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 32. You believed that your relationship with your family or your friends would be better if you were not on brace
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 33. You stayed at home because you were ashamed
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
 34. You wore special clothes
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes
  • Most of the time
  • Always
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