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Klin Padiatr. 2008 Jul-Aug;220(4):259-65. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-985850. Epub 2008 Feb 12.

[Health-related quality of life in children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: which role do age, sex and medical parameters play?].

[Article in German]

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Institut und Poliklinik für Medizinische Psychologie, Universitätsklinikum, Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg.



The assessment of health-related quality of life gains increasing importance in pediatric practice. In the field of rheumatic health conditions in young people only a few studies about this topic are available. Within a European study health-related quality of life of children and adolescents with idiopathic arthritis was assessed. The results of the German sample will be presented.


A total of N=88 children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (57% female) between 8 und 16 years were included in the study.


Children and adolescents filled in a questionnaire. Health-related quality of life was assessed with the DISABKIDS instrument.


No age or gender effects on health-related quality of life were detected. The variable "limitation of mobility" as well as the item "pain" showed the strongest relationship with the health-related quality of life dimensions.


Health-related quality of life is decisively influenced by the consequences of the health condition. For clinical practice the study showed that patients with mobility limitations and/or pain need heightened attention which should especially concentrate on the social and mental dimensions of health-related quality of life.

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