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Children with epilepsy against their healthy peers and those with headaches: Differences–similarities

Dorota Talarska, Michał Michalak, Patrycja Talarska, Barbara Steinborn
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.10.008
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2018;52(1):35-43.

open access

Vol 52, No 1 (2018)
Original research articles
Submitted: 2017-01-05

Abstract

Introduction

Epilepsy, like most chronic diseases, affects bio-psycho-social functioning of children and adolescents.

The aim of this work was to assess functioning of children with epilepsy compared with the group of healthy children and those with headaches carried out by children themselves and their mothers.

Material and methods

The study included 209 children with epilepsy and 173 children with headaches and 182 healthy students and their mothers. The research tool was Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 Generic Core Scales (PedsQL™ 4.0) questionnaire.

Results

Quality of life of healthy children was rated the highest in all areas by both children and mothers. In younger and older children, difference was demonstrated between the assessment of the quality of life of healthy children and the ones with epilepsy or healthy children and the ones with and headaches in all areas of the PedsQL™ 4.0 questionnaire (p<0.05). Children with epilepsy had the most difficulties in subscale School Functioning in their own and their mothers’ opinion. Healthy children and their mothers rated the subscale Emotional Functioning lowest.

Conclusions

The functioning of children with epilepsy in the assessment of children and their mothers was the closest to the functioning of children with headaches. Quality of children's life assessment by children with epilepsy and by healthy children differed between the group of girls and boys and between older and younger children in all PedsQLTM 4.0 questionnaire areas. A medium response compatibility between children with epilepsy and their mothers was shown in individual questions.

Abstract

Introduction

Epilepsy, like most chronic diseases, affects bio-psycho-social functioning of children and adolescents.

The aim of this work was to assess functioning of children with epilepsy compared with the group of healthy children and those with headaches carried out by children themselves and their mothers.

Material and methods

The study included 209 children with epilepsy and 173 children with headaches and 182 healthy students and their mothers. The research tool was Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 Generic Core Scales (PedsQL™ 4.0) questionnaire.

Results

Quality of life of healthy children was rated the highest in all areas by both children and mothers. In younger and older children, difference was demonstrated between the assessment of the quality of life of healthy children and the ones with epilepsy or healthy children and the ones with and headaches in all areas of the PedsQL™ 4.0 questionnaire (p<0.05). Children with epilepsy had the most difficulties in subscale School Functioning in their own and their mothers’ opinion. Healthy children and their mothers rated the subscale Emotional Functioning lowest.

Conclusions

The functioning of children with epilepsy in the assessment of children and their mothers was the closest to the functioning of children with headaches. Quality of children's life assessment by children with epilepsy and by healthy children differed between the group of girls and boys and between older and younger children in all PedsQLTM 4.0 questionnaire areas. A medium response compatibility between children with epilepsy and their mothers was shown in individual questions.

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Keywords

Children, Epilepsy, Life quality, Peers

About this article
Title

Children with epilepsy against their healthy peers and those with headaches: Differences–similarities

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 52, No 1 (2018)

Pages

35-43

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.10.008

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2018;52(1):35-43.

Keywords

Children
Epilepsy
Life quality
Peers

Authors

Dorota Talarska
Michał Michalak
Patrycja Talarska
Barbara Steinborn

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