Health-related quality of life of school-age children with familial Mediterranean fever. Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVES: To describe and compare the parent proxy-reported and child self-reported physical and psychosocial HRQOL of school age children who have FMF with healthy peers. METHODS: The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 (Peds QL 4.0) Generic Core Scales was used to measure HR-QOL. Fifty-one patients and 81 healthy peers were enrolled in the study. Patients were grouped according to their ages as : 1) Children (8-12 years) and 2) Adolescents (13-18 years). An accompanying parent completed the parent proxy-report of the Peds QL 4.0. RESULTS: Peds QL scores of children (8-12 years) with FMF were significantly lower than healthy peers for physical and psychosocial functioning for both child self-report and parent proxy-report. The parent proxy-report and child self-reported Peds QL scores of adolescent patients (13-18 years) with FMF were lower than the healthy group for physical, emotional and school functioning; however no significant difference was detected regarding the social functioning. Adolescents with FMF had significantly higher social scores when compared to the younger age group (8-12 years) with FMF, 92.6 +/- 8.5 and 82.2 +/- 17.6, respectively (p=0.028). The scores of physical, emotional and school functioning were similar in both groups (p=0.73, p=0.93, and p=0.028). Correlations among child self-report subscales and proxy-report subscales were all significant and varied from moderate to high. CONCLUSION: This study suggested that assessment of HRQOL has potential clinical implications for the healthcare needs of children and adolescents with FMF. Given the degree of reported impairment in their health-related quality of life, individualized counseling and interventions are needed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Makay, B., Unsal, E., Arslan, N., & Varni, J. W.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Makay, B||Unsal, E||Arslan, N||Varni, JW

publication date

  • January 2009