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Quality of life in neurologically healthy children with urinary incontinence
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2006 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 95, no 12, 1648-1652 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: To bring forward the arguments for active treatment of urine incontinence in otherwise healthy children, a quality-of-life (QoL) study was performed.

Subjects and methods: A self-rating QoL questionnaire, child-adjusted and validated, was completed by 120 neurologically healthy children, aged 6–16 y, with urinary incontinence. Another 239 age-matched children made up a control group. The two groups were compared both totally and in age-related subgroups (6–8, 9–12, >12 y) concerning the index for all questions, for universal parts (without questions dealing with incontinence) as well as for specific key domains.

Results: The patient group had a significantly lower index than the control group both with and without items related to incontinence (p <0.0001). Social situation, self-esteem and self-confidence were most influenced, particularly in the youngest children. Thirty-one children (13%) of the control group reported incontinence and did not score their QoL as good as their continent peers but better than the study patients.

Conclusion: From the quality-of-life aspects, the study supports active treatment of urinary incontinence in children already at younger ages.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 95, no 12, 1648-1652 p.
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children, quality of life, urinary incontinence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-36235DOI: 10.1080/08035250600752458Local ID: 30667OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-36235DiVA: diva2:257083
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2012-09-14Bibliographically approved

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