Aim: The aim of this study was to examine medical, socio-demographic and psychosocial determinants of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of parents of children with metabolic diseases. Methods: A survey among parents of children with metabolic diseases (children aged 1-19 years, diagnosed >1 year before the start of the study, living at home). Parents were approached through the Emma Children's Hospital, and through a national parent and patient association. HRQoL was assessed using the TNO-AZL Questionnaire for Adult's Health Related Quality of Life (TAAQOL), describing 12 domains of HRQoL. Predictor variables were taken from a self-report questionnaire. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to predict which parents were at risk for HRQoL impairment. Results: Mainly psychosocial determinants were predictive for parental HRQoL. Emotional support was protective for parental HRQOL while loss of friendship was a risk factor for HRQoL impairment. Medical and socio-demographic variables did not consistently predict parental HRQoL. Conclusion: Psychosocial determinants appeared more important in predicting parental HRQoL than medical and socio-demographic variables. Interventions should be focused on supporting parents combining the care for their children with a social life. Further research on this subject is necessary. In the meantime, involved medical specialists should pay structural attention to parental functioning.
|Tijdschrift||Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics|
|Nummer van het tijdschrift||7|
|Status||Gepubliceerd - jul. 2009|