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Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL) scale: linguistic validation in Malayalam, an Indian language
Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL) is a self-reported measure of quality of life of people with mental illness, with a potential for use as a patient rated outcome measure. ReQoL in English has been designed and validated in United Kingdom. This paper describes the process of translation and validation of ReQoL in Malayalam, a language of predominant South Indian usage, especially in the state of Kerala. This was done by a team of mental health professionals at the Institute for Mind and Brain, in Kerala. The process involved translation, back-translation and piloting with patients. The Malayalam version is considered to be a valid translation of the original scale in English.