Comparison Between Children With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and Their Parents Concerning Perceived Quality of Life

Qual Life Res. 2006 May;15(4):655-61. doi: 10.1007/s11136-005-3690-1.

Abstract

The aim of the study was to determine the level of agreement between the perceptions of children with JIA and their parents concerning quality of life. Fifty patients aged 9-18 years and their parents, who attended the JIA clinic at the Montreal Children's Hospital, completed the Juvenile Arthritis Quality of Life Questionnaire (JAQQ). Paired t-tests were employed to compare parents' and children's scores and agreements were analyzed by intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs). Linear regression was used to explore factors associated with agreements and with the perceptions of quality of life. ICCs (95% confidence interval) for the subscales of the JAQQ were 0.62 (0.42,0.77) for gross motor function, 0.35 (0.08,0.57) for fine motor function, 0.61 (0.41,0.76) for psychosocial function, 0.70 (0.52,0.82) for systemic symptoms and 0.60 (0.38,0.75) for pain. Agreement was higher for psychosocial function among younger children and for overall quality of life among those who had the disease longer. Higher agreement levels on pain were associated with more severe disease. Disease severity was associated with perceptions of quality of life (p < 0.01). There seems to be good agreement between the perceptions of children with JIA and their parents concerning quality of life, except for fine motor function.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Arthritis, Juvenile / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Disabled Children / psychology*
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain / psychology*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Quebec
  • Sickness Impact Profile*
  • Social Perception*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires