Compliance in teenagers with coeliac disease--a Swedish follow-up study

Acta Paediatr. 1993 Mar;82(3):235-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1993.tb12649.x.


A group of 47 children with coeliac disease, born between 1973 and 1978 in the Swedish county of Västmanland, participated in a controlled questionnaire study. Health, self-esteem, knowledge of the disease and dietary compliance were investigated. The children with coeliac disease were otherwise just as healthy as the control children. Growth and self-esteem were normal. Good knowledge of coeliac disease and dietary treatment was found in 87% of children and dietary compliance was 81%. Girls and younger children (12-14 years) were more compliant than boys and older children (15-17 years). Compliance correlated positively to knowledge.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Celiac Disease / complications
  • Celiac Disease / diet therapy*
  • Celiac Disease / psychology
  • Child
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Self Concept*
  • Sex Factors
  • Sweden