About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Children With Urologic Disorders Need Better Tests To Gauge Quality-Of-Life Parameters

by Medindia Content Team on October 27, 2007 at 4:49 PM
Children  With Urologic Disorders  Need Better Tests To Gauge  Quality-Of-Life Parameters

A small but revealing study from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center suggests that a widely used tool to measure physical, emotional and psychological functioning and well-being in children may fail to accurately gauge these quality-of-life indicators in the children with some of the most severe bladder conditions, such as spina bifida and bladder exstrophies. Another possibility is that children with such conditions manage to adapt and have a relatively normal quality of life, researchers say.

Using a standard questionnaire, researchers surveyed 50 children between the ages of 11 and 17 with bladder abnormalities that can cause incontinence, among other distressing effects. Surprisingly, researchers found no real difference in quality-of-life reports between children with such chronic conditions and children without them.

Advertisement

"Our findings suggest that either our tool is not sensitive enough to measure well-being and functioning in children with urological conditions, or that these children somehow adapt to their disability," says lead investigator Jennifer Dodson, M.D., a pediatric urologist at Hopkins.

Even more surprisingly, children with chronic urological conditions scored higher than healthy children in certain areas such as risk-taking, an exciting finding that may indicate that such children, in fact, do better in some aspects of daily life, researchers say.
Advertisement

"It is true that some children learn to cope and live with their disability, yet we are still concerned that we may be lacking a precise-enough radar to detect those who do not adapt and continue to suffer," Dodson says.

Fine-tuning existing quality-of-life screens will allow researchers to:

. Design better ways for children to cope with their disability.
. Compare the efficacy of treatments by measuring before and after quality-of-life reports.

Source: Eurekalert
VEN/S
Font : A-A+

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended Readings

Latest Child Health News

Childhood Malnutrition Linked to Stunted Growth and Mortality Risk
In 2022, over 20% of children worldwide lacked adequate calories for growth, with 45+ million showing wasting (underweight for height).
Pneumococcal Vaccines Reduce Severe Infections in Kids With Sickle Cell Disease
After PCV7 licensure, pneumococcal infection rates in children aged 5+ with sickle cell disease significantly decreased.
Breast Milk Proteins to Boost Baby's Gut Health
Breast milk concentration of certain key proteins indicates abundance of healthy bacteria in babies' guts.
Urban Life Fuels Risk of  Respiratory Illness in Children
Compared to young children who grow up in rural areas, city kids are more prone to suffer respiratory infections due to environmental factors.
Healthy Gut Microbiota Linked to Reduced Allergy and Asthma in Kids
A mature diverse gut microbiota contributes to a lower the risk of early childhood asthma and food allergies.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
MediBotMediBot
Greetings! How can I assist you?MediBot
×

Children With Urologic Disorders Need Better Tests To Gauge Quality-Of-Life Parameters Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests