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Rhinitis Control Assessment Test (RCAT)

Name of questionnaire Rhinitis Control Assessment Test (RCAT)
Type of questionnaire-description Self-administered instrument for evaluating symptom control in patients with rhinitis.
Number of items 6
Number of domains/categories -
Name of categories/domains   Frequency of nasal congestion, sneezing, and watery eyes; sleep disruption; activity limitation caused by symptoms; and self-rating of symptom control
Scaling of items 5-point Likert scale ("never" to "extremely often") with 1-week recall period for each item
Scoring  Scores range from 6 to 30, with higher scores indicating better rhinitis symptom control. 
Test-retest reproducibility Reported intraclass correlation coefficients=0.70-0.83 between different months 
Internal consistency Reported Cronbach α= 0.73- 0.76 
Validity Yes: - good convergent validity (r > 0.70) with another validated rhinitis-specific tool for measuring symptoms (the total nasal symptoms score-TNSS) and Mini-Rhinitis Quality of Life Questionnaire; - discriminant validity demonstrated by significantly different scores across the categorized patient groups by physician ratings of rhinitis severity, physician-recommended change in therapy, and severity staging according to TNSSs; - predictive validity, as shown by the relationship of baseline RCAT to reports of subsequent missed school/work, medication use and effectiveness over the next 3 months and to dispensings during the following year of total and some individual rhinitis medications.
Minimally important difference >2.5 
Language English for the USA
Translations in other languages (if yes, then list the languages) None
Developer name Richard H. Stanford, PharmD
Developer contact information Richard H. Stanford, PharmD
GlaxoSmithKline
5 Moore Dr
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
E-mail: Richard.H.Stanford@gsk.com
Availability of questionnaire: needs permission from developer, cost or freely available Contact Dr. Richard H. Stanford
References (including original publication) Schatz M, Meltzer EO, Nathan R, Derebery MJ, Mintz M, Stanford RH, Dalal AA, Silvey MJ, Kosinski M. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2010 Feb;104(2):118-24. Psychometric validation of the Rhinitis Control Assessment Test: a brief patient-completed instrument for evaluating rhinitis symptom control. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2010;104:118–124.
M, Zeiger RS, Chen W, Yang SJ, Stanford RH, Garris CP. A comparison of the psychometric properties of the Mini-Rhinitis Quality of Life Questionnaire and the Rhinitis Control Assessment Test. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2012, 26(2):127-33.  
Limitations -
Link to the questionnaire (if available) Not available
Other comments Contains a question on impact of rhinitis on sleep
Last Reviewed: June 2016