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Diabetes Distress Scale for Partners of Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (PARTNER-DDS)

CDISC ReferenceQuestionnaire Supplement to the Study Data Tabulation Model Implementation Guide for Human Clinical Trials
QRS Short Name


QRS Permission StatusApproved
TeamType 1 Diabetes Standards team and CDISC Questionnaires, Ratings, and Scales (QRS) Subteam
Supplement Version1.0
NotesThis supplement is intended to be used with other CDISC User Guides for specific Therapeutic/Disease Areas and follows the CDISC Study Data Tabulation Model Implementation Guide for Human Clinical Trials.

Revision History

1.0 Draft

© 2020 Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium, Inc. All rights reserved. 

1 Introduction

This document describes the CDISC implementation of the Diabetes Distress Scale for Partners of Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (PARTNER-DDS) questionnaire.

CDISC does not modify questionnaires, ratings, and scales (QRS) instruments to meet Clinical Data Acquisition Standards Harmonization (CDASH) case report form (CRF) standards.

The representation of data collected for this questionnaire is based on the Study Data Tabulation Model Implementation Guide (SDTMIG) Questionnaires (QS) domain model, which can be found on the CDISC website at:

These specific implementation details for this questionnaire are meant to be used in conjunction with the SDTMIG. All CDISC QRS documentation packages can be found on the CDISC website at:

The CDISC Intellectual Property Policy can be found on the CDISC website at:

1.1 Representations and Warranties, Limitations of Liability, and Disclaimers

This document is a supplement to the SDTMIG for Human Clinical Trials and is covered under Appendix F of that document, which describes representations, warranties, limitations of liability, and disclaimers. Please see Appendix F of the SDTMIG for a complete version of this material.

CDISC specifies how to structure the data that has been collected in a database, not what should be collected or how to conduct clinical assessments or protocols.

2 Copyright Status

Behavioral Diabetes Institute owns the copyright for the PARTNER-DDS instrument and has granted CDISC permission to include this supplement in the CDISC collection of QRS data standards supplements. Hence, CDISC developed QSTESTCD and QSTEST for each item based on the actual text on the questionnaire. There may be many versions of this instrument in the public domain or copyrighted. CDISC has chosen to use this version as the data standard.

The CDISC documentation of this instrument consists of: (1) controlled terminology, (2) standard database structure with examples, and (3) CRF(s) annotated with the CDISC SDTMIG variables with submission values.

Information for Reviewers

The CRF is attached at the top of the Wiki. When you click the paperclip image, you will find the file for the annotated CRF.

Note: CDISC Controlled Terminology is maintained by National Cancer Institute (NCI) Enterprise Vocabulary Services (EVS). The most recent version should be accessed through the CDISC website at:

CDISC has developed this documentation at no cost to the copyright holder or any additional cost to users of the instrument beyond the normal license fees charged by the copyright holder.

CDISC acknowledges Behavioral Diabetes Institute for the approval to include the PARTNER-DDS in the CDISC data standards.

Reference for the Diabetes Distress Scale for Partners of Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (PARTNER-DDS):

Polonsky WH, Fisher L, Hessler D, Johnson N. Emotional Distress in the Partners of Type 1 Diabetes Adults: Worries About Hypoglycemia and Other Key Concerns. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics May 2016; 18(5): 292-297.

3 The QS Domain Model

3.1 Assumptions for the QS Domain Model

All assumptions and business rules described in the SDTMIG QS domain are applicable to this supplement. Additional assumptions specific to the PARTNER-DDS are listed below.

The PARTNER-DDS is a 21-item self-report scale that includes 4 subscales of partner-related distress: my partner’s diabetes management, how best to help, diabetes and me, and hypoglycemia. A total scale score and 4 subscale scores are captured.

  1. The scale points include a numeric rating (0-4) and a definition of what is represented by the rating (e.g., 0 = "Not at all"). For the PARTNER-DDS, QSORRES is populated with the text description while the numeric rating is represented in the standardized character and numeric result variables QSSTRESC and QSSTRESN.
  2. For the PARTNER-DDS no score is displayed for any item on the questionnaire; however, the reference article includes the standardized representation of 0 (i.e., "Not at all”) through 4 (i.e., “A great deal"). Because (a) electronic data submission is expected frequently, (b) instructions for scoring are provided in the reference article, and (c) the numeric score for each question is expected to be submitted with the data, CDISC will represent the standardized scores in QSSTRESC and QSSTRESN.

  3. The time period of evaluation for the PARTNER-DDS is populated in the QSEVLINT field in ISO 8601 format when the evaluation interval can be precisely described as duration. The evaluation interval for the PARTNER-DDS is the past month.
  4. The PARTNER-DDS instrument includes a total scale score and 4 subscale scores that are considered as captured data on the CRF and are not considered as derived in the example below. The total scale score and 4 subscale scores are considered as captured data when provided as part of Electronic Data Transfer (eDT) and is not considered as derived in the example below.
    1. If operationally defined by the sponsor, it is the sponsor's responsibility to set the --DRVFL flag based on their eCRF process to derive subtotals and total scores. An investigator-derived score written on a CRF will be considered a captured score and not flagged. When subtotal and total scores are derived by the sponsor, the derived flag (--DRVFL) is set to Y. However, when the subtotal and total scores are received from a central provider or vendor, the value would go into --ORRES and --DRVFL would be null (See SDTMIG Section, Origin Metadata for Variables).

  5. Terminology
    1. QSCAT, QSTESTCD, and QSTEST values are included in CDISC Controlled Terminology.
    2. A full list of value sets for the result field is provided in Section 4, SDTM Mapping Strategy.

3.2 Example for the PARTNER-DDS QS Domain Model

The PARTNER-DDS example below shows the terminology used to implement the instrument in the QS domain. This example shows the data for 1 subject collected at the baseline visit for PARTNER-DDS instrument. The example uses CDISC Controlled Terminology for QSTESTCD, QSTEST, and QSCAT. All original results are represented with preferred terminology in QSORRES. This result is then transformed into the standard numeric score in QSSTRESN and a character representation of the standard numeric score in QSSTRESC.

We are unable to make the example consistently show blue in the Wiki. All examples are updated for each QRS instrument so we ask that you please review the example below.

The table represents the items from the PARTNER-DDS form. Subscale scores and a total scale score are represented in rows 22-36.



1STUDYXQS2324-P00011DDS0301DDS03-Worry About Low Blood SugarsPARTNER-DDSA little11Y12015-05-15-P1M
2STUDYXQS2324-P00012DDS0302DDS03-How Involved Managing DiabetesPARTNER-DDSA lot33Y12015-05-15-P1M
3STUDYXQS2324-P00013DDS0303DDS03-Partner Shuts Me OutPARTNER-DDSSomewhat22Y12015-05-15-P1M
4STUDYXQS2324-P00014DDS0304DDS03-Partner Doesn't Try Hard EnoughPARTNER-DDSA little11Y12015-05-15-P1M
5STUDYXQS2324-P00015DDS0305DDS03-Overwhelmed by Constant DemandsPARTNER-DDSA little11Y12015-05-15-P1M
6STUDYXQS2324-P00016DDS0306DDS03-How to Best Help Partner ManagePARTNER-DDSSomewhat22Y12015-05-15-P1M
7STUDYXQS2324-P00017DDS0307DDS03-Silent About My Partner's DiabetesPARTNER-DDSA lot33Y12015-05-15-P1M
8STUDYXQS2324-P00018DDS0308DDS03-Taking Too Much of My EnergyPARTNER-DDSA little11Y12015-05-15-P1M

DDS03-No One Notices Diabetes Hard On Me

PARTNER-DDSA little11Y12015-05-15-P1M
10STUDYXQS2324-P000110DDS0310DDS03-More I Try The Worse Things GetPARTNER-DDSSomewhat22Y12015-05-15-P1M
11STUDYXQS2324-P000111DDS0311DDS03-Guilty Not Doing Enough to HelpPARTNER-DDSNot at all00Y12015-05-15-P1M
12STUDYXQS2324-P000112DDS0312DDS03-Can't Get Partner Improve AttitudePARTNER-DDSA little11Y12015-05-15-P1M
13STUDYXQS2324-P000113DDS0313DDS03-Failing to Help Partner ManagePARTNER-DDSA little11Y12015-05-15-P1M
14STUDYXQS2324-P000114DDS0314DDS03-Help My Partner Always a BattlePARTNER-DDSSomewhat22Y12015-05-15-P1M
15STUDYXQS2324-P000115DDS0315DDS03-Partner Ignores My SuggestionsPARTNER-DDSNot at all00Y12015-05-15-P1M
16STUDYXQS2324-P000116DDS0316DDS03-Diabetes Often Interrupts PlansPARTNER-DDSNot at all00Y12015-05-15-P1M
17STUDYXQS2324-P000117DDS0317DDS03-Low Blood Sugars When SleepingPARTNER-DDSA little11Y12015-05-15-P1M
18STUDYXQS2324-P000118DDS0318DDS03-Partner Driving Low Blood SugarsPARTNER-DDSSomewhat22Y12015-05-15-P1M
19STUDYXQS2324-P000119DDS0319DDS03-Leaving Alone Low Blood SugarsPARTNER-DDSA little11Y12015-05-15-P1M
20STUDYXQS2324-P000120DDS0320DDS03-Not Working Well TogetherPARTNER-DDSA little11Y12015-05-15-P1M
21STUDYXQS2324-P000121DDS0321DDS03-Never Get a Break From WorryingPARTNER-DDSA little11Y12015-05-15-P1M
22STUDYXQS2324-P000122DDS0322DDS03-Total DDS Score: SumPARTNER-DDS272727Y12015-05-15-P1M
23STUDYXQS2324-P000123DDS0323DDS03-Total DDS Score: MeanPARTNER-DDS1.291.291.29Y12015-05-15-P1M
24STUDYXQS2324-P000124DDS0324DDS03-Total DDS Score: ModeratePARTNER-DDSnoN
25STUDYXQS2324-P000125DDS0325DDS03-Partner Diabetes Management: SumPARTNER-DDS999Y12015-05-15-P1M
26STUDYXQS2324-P000126DDS0326DDS03-Partner Diabetes Management: MeanPARTNER-DDS1.291.291.29Y12015-05-15-P1M
27STUDYXQS2324-P000127DDS0327DDS03-Partner Diabetes Manage: ModeratePARTNER-DDSnoN
28STUDYXQS2324-P000128DDS0328DDS03-How Best to Help: SumPARTNER-DDS999Y12015-05-15-P1M
29STUDYXQS2324-P000129DDS0329DDS03-How Best to Help: MeanPARTNER-DDS1.81.81.8Y12015-05-15-P1M
30STUDYXQS2324-P000130DDS0330DDS03-How Best to Help: ModeratePARTNER-DDSnoN
31STUDYXQS2324-P000131DDS0331DDS03-Diabetes And Me: SumPARTNER-DDS444Y12015-05-15-P1M
32STUDYXQS2324-P000132DDS0332DDS03-Diabetes And Me: MeanPARTNER-DDS0.80.80.8Y12015-05-15-P1M
33STUDYXQS2324-P000133DDS0333DDS03-Diabetes And Me: ModeratePARTNER-DDSnoN
34STUDYXQS2324-P000134DDS0334DDS03-Hypoglycemia: SumPARTNER-DDS555Y12015-05-15-P1M
35STUDYXQS2324-P000135DDS0335DDS03-Hypoglycemia: MeanPARTNER-DDS1.251.251.25Y12015-05-15-P1M
36STUDYXQS2324-P000136DDS0336DDS03-Hypoglycemia: ModeratePARTNER-DDSnoN

4 SDTM Mapping Strategy

This section is used for reference regarding the CRF data capture and to understand the alignment of the instrument to the SDTM QS domain. It also provides guidance on how the result variables (QSORRES, QSSTRESC, and QSSTRESN) should be populated.

QSTESTCD = "DDS0301" QSTEST = "DDS03-Worry About Low Blood Sugars" through

QSTESTCD = "DDS0321" QSTEST = "DDS03-Never Get a Break From Worrying"

Not at all
A little
A lot
A great deal

QSTESTCD = "DDS0324" QSTEST = "DDS03-Total DDS Score: Moderate"

QSTESTCD = "DDS0327" QSTEST = "DDS03-Partner Diabetes Manage: Moderate"

QSTESTCD = "DDS0330" QSTEST = "DDS03-How Best to Help: Moderate"

QSTESTCD = "DDS0333" QSTEST = "DDS03-Diabetes And Me: Moderate"

QSTESTCD = "DDS0336" QSTEST = "DDS03-Hypoglycemia: Moderate"


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