PP-053 : Quality of Life in Asthmatic Turkish Children

Fusun Artiran Igde, Mahir Igde, Turkey
Asthma is a chronic disorder that can limit a child’s life, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually, and this has an impact on a child’s quality of life (QoL). In some diseases especially if there is no complete cure like asthma, it is important to determine the scope to which situations affect the child’s QoL. The objective of this study is to evaluate the relative impact of asthma and to search for possible associations between the quality of life and social determinants in Turkish asthmatic children.

One hundred and thirty-one children with asthma (48.1% girls and 51.9% boys) age ranging from 7 to 17 years old and 221 parents of these children participated in the study. The Paediatric Asthma Quality Of Life Questionnaire (PAQLQ) was used to measure the children’s QoL. The Turkish version of the Paediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (PAQLQ) was administered to children and to their parents.

Mean PAQLQ score was 5.31±1.1 SD. Mean PAQLQ score of families with lower income was found significantly lower than families with higher income (p=0.036). Mean PAQLQ score of families with less than high school graduated was found significantly lower than mean PAQLQ score of families with high school and upper (p=0.017).

It is important that children with asthma would maintain a high QoL. Finding of our study showed that family´s income and parent’s education level affects significantly the quality of life of asthmatic children.