Health-related quality of life and its determinants in paediatric arterial ischaemic stroke survivors

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Abstract

Objective

Health-related quality of life (HRQL) instruments are patient or proxy-reported outcome measures that provide a comprehensive and subjective assessment of patient’s well-being and hence vital for health outcomes evaluation. A clear and thorough understanding of HRQL and its determinants is especially important to appropriately guide health-improving interventions. In this study, HRQL of paediatric arterial ischaemic stroke survivors was assessed using guidelines recommended for interpretation and reporting of the patient-reported outcome data. Determinants of HRQL were also explored.

Methods

Children diagnosed with arterial ischaemic stroke between 2003 and 2012 were assessed at least 1 year poststroke using the parent–proxy report versions of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 and Pediatric Stroke Recurrence and Recovery Questionnaire. HRQL data were compared with population norms and used as outcome in multiple linear regression analysis.

Results

59 children were evaluated. Mean age at diagnosis of stroke was 2.2 years. Mean age at assessment and time elapsed since stroke was 7 years and 5 years, respectively. A total of 41% children had normal global outcome, whereas 51% had moderate to severe deficits. A lower overall HRQL was observed in both self and proxy reports. Parents reported the maximum impairment in emotional domain, whereas children indicated physical functioning to be the most affected. Neurological outcome, site of stroke and socioeconomic status were independently associated with overall HRQL.

Conclusions

Lower HRQL was demonstrated in children who survived arterial ischaemic stroke. Socioeconomic status of families was an important determinant of HRQL, over and above clinical parameters.

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