Author(s): Krner I, Schlter C, Lax H, Rbben H, Radmayr C
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Abstract BACKGROUND: There are no studies on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in German children with a myelomeningocele (MMC). This study aims to obtain generalizable epidemiological data on the HRQoL of such children. PATIENTS AND METHODS: KINDL-R questionnaires were filled out and clinical findings on typical MMC disabilities were also documented. Of the 115 families contacted, 70 MMC families responded (response rate 61\%). Normative KINDL-R data from a sample of healthy children served as reference. RESULTS: No differences in clinical data were found when comparing responders and non-responders. KINDL total scores as well as scores across all scales were highly concordant for parental reporting and self-reporting. CONCLUSIONS: Despite the fact that children with MMC often suffer from severe physical limitations, their HRQoL is not necessarily lower than that of healthy children.
This article was published in Urologe A
and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior