Quality of Life Among Parents of Adolescent and Young Adult Brain Tumor Survivors

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Abstract

We aimed to describe the quality of life (QOL) among parents of adolescent and young adult brain tumor survivors as well as parent, survivor, and diagnosis/treatment-related factors associated with adverse QOL. A cross-sectional study of 28 parents of adolescent and young adult brain tumor survivors (who were on average 10 y postdiagnosis) was used to assess QOL. Parent QOL was measured using the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System Global Health measure. Factors associated with adverse parent QOL were explored using logistic regression including: parent, survivor, and diagnosis/treatment-related factors. Parent QOL was within the normal range; however, 40% scored below the clinical threshold of 0.5 SD below the mean for physical and mental health. Parent perceptions of greater family impact, survivor emotional/behavioral health problems, improved cognitive function, and recurrence were associated with adverse parent physical health. Parent anger/sorrow, uncertainty, survivor emotional/behavioral health problems, speech/language problems, and recurrence were associated with adverse parent mental health. Parental emotional resources and perceptions of improved survivor peer relationships were associated with greater parent physical and mental health. The impact of a brain tumor diagnosis and treatment on the QOL of parents may be significant. Interventions are needed to ensure that the needs of parents are met.

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