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Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2005 Jun;16(4):332-40.

Comparison of quality of life between asthmatic and healthy school children.

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Paediatric Research Center, University of Tampere and Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland.


There are only a few studies which have assessed the impact of asthma on the quality of life (QoL) compared to healthy children. In this study we wanted to compare QoL between asthmatic and healthy children in a population based setting. We surveyed 2159 children aged 11-15 yr with a Child Health Questionnaire; a generic QoL measure for children. This method gives a profile of the QoL consisting of 11 scales giving a range from 0 to 100. Asthma was defined based on the ISAAC questionnaire on asthma and asthma symptoms. In all, 192 children (8.9%) reported to have asthma diagnosed by a doctor and 61 of them (2.8% of all children) had been symptomatic during the previous month. Among these symptomatic children significantly impaired QoL was observed in 8 of the 11 scales compared to non-asthmatics. The most affected scales were those defining the physical part of child's QoL: Mean General Health scores were 60 for asthmatic and 74 for non-asthmatic children and mean Bodily Pain scores 71 and 86, respectively. Symptoms during longer periods were associated with an overall decreased QoL. In conclusion, a child's asthma impairs the QoL and especially the physical dimensions.

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