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Assessment of health related quality of life in paediatric patients with asthma - methods and disease determinants

Anna Hristova Todorova, Antoaneta Zdravkova Tzvetkova, Iskra Mircheva

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the methods for assessing Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in children with a focus on both the instruments available for measuring HRQOL in pediatric patients with asthma and the disease determinants. Adolescents with bronchial asthma often have substantially lower HRQOL. Frequent exacerbations impair children`s normal daily routines such as school activities, play and sleep. The factors affecting children`s HRQOL largely vary from those affecting the HRQOL in adults. Chronic diseases in childhood are a risk factor associated with serious psychosocial consequences - low self-esteem, behavioral problems, and difficulties in learning. Assessment of HRQOL can be successfully integrated in achieving the primary aim of the disease management - to maintain health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.


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health-related quality of life (HRQL); assessment; children; instruments

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14748/sssp.v1i2.1284

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About The Authors

Anna Hristova Todorova
Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University of Varna
Bulgaria

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Management, Assistant Professor

Antoaneta Zdravkova Tzvetkova
Medical College ,Medical University of Varna
Bulgaria

Assistant Pharmacist - Education and Research Center, Medical College of Varna

Iskra Mircheva
Medical University of Varna
Bulgaria

Faculty of Public Health

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