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An Pediatr (Barc). 2010 Sep;73(3):121-31. doi: 10.1016/j.anpedi.2009.10.010. Epub 2009 Dec 16.

[Quality of life of preterm infants and admissions due to respiratory infections].

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Técnicas Avanzadas de Investigación en Servicios de Salud, Madrid, España.



Study of the association between lower respiratory tract infection hospitalisations and health related quality of life (HRQoL) in preterm infants of 32-35 weeks of gestational age.


Survey study nested into a prospective follow-up cohort study of preterm infants (FLIP-2). During the last FLIP-2 visit, 216 preterm-parent pairs were interviewed. The structured questionnaire included measures of HRQoL (QUALIN modified scale for the infant, and SF-12 for the parent, and Visual scales for both), caregiver overload (Zarit modified scale and indirect measurements).


From October 2006 to March 2007 (RSV season), there were 71 respiratory hospitalisations (33%). Triplets and infants living in homes with >5 inhabitants were most likely to be hospitalised. Parents of hospitalised children were most likely, to have more and longer times off work for child care (47% vs. 18%), to have higher overload, and to obtain lower values in the physical dimension of SF-12. Multiple regression model associated infant HRQoL with higher gestational age, having 0-3 year-old siblings, being recommended palivizumab and had received it, lower caregiver overload, higher caregiver mental HRQoL and no absence from work for child care.


Although respiratory hospitalisations were not associated with infant HRQoL, caregivers' HRQoL and overload were. Preterm infant HRQoL is associated with their caregivers' HRQoL and overload, and with receiving RSV prophylaxis when their risk profile recommends it.

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