Quality of life in neurologically healthy children with urinary incontinence
2006 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 95, no 12, 1648-1652 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
children, quality of life, urinary incontinence
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-36235DOI: 10.1080/08035250600752458Local ID: 30667OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-36235DiVA: diva2:257083