A comparison of health-related quality of life in 5- and 10-year-old Swedish children with and without cleft lip and/or palate
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, ISSN 0960-7439, E-ISSN 1365-263XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Background The current understanding on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in young Swedish children with cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) is sparse, and therefore, research on impact of CL/P on HRQoL in children is needed.
Aims To investigate HRQoL in 5- and 10-year-old Swedish children with CL/P in comparison with non-cleft controls. Also to analyse whether there were any differences in HRQoL between children with cleft lip (with or without cleft palate, CL ± P) and cleft palate only (CP) and/or gender differences. Design A total of 137 children with CL/P and 305 non-cleft controls participated. HRQoL was measured with KIDSCREEN-52.
Results All children in the study exhibited HRQoL within or above the age-matched reference interval of the method with similar results in both groups; however, in the dimension ‘social support and peers’, the 10-year-old children with CL/P perceived lower HRQoL than the non-cleft controls, but it did not reach statistical significance. Type of cleft or gender did not influence HRQoL.
Conclusions Both 5- and 10-year-old Swedish children with CL/P had HRQoL in the normal reference interval. Their general life situations were well adjusted to their clefts, but the older children with CL/P felt more excluded and less supported by peers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2016.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132622DOI: 10.1111/ipd.12253PubMedID: 27464906OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-132622DiVA: diva2:1047243