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Table 1 Extract of cognitive probes from topic guide

From: Developing and pretesting a new patient reported outcome measure for paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalopathy (CFS/ME): cognitive interviews with children

Cognitive/ Questionnaire Component

Interview Probe

Follow up on observations

Why did you pause on this question?

Comprehension/ Items

What does [item content] mean to you?

Retrieval/ Timeframe

What did you remember when you read this question?


Describe your experiences with [concept] over the (timeframe).


How did you select your [response option?]

Overall feedback

Are there things that we forgot to ask about that you think are important?

What do you think about the questionnaire?