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Quality of life in Jordanian children with asthma

Authors

  • Nemeh Al-Akour RN MSN DNSc,

    1. Chairperson of Maternal and Child Health Nursing Department, Assistant Professor in Maternal-Child Health Nursing, School of Nursing, Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Irbid, Jordan
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  • Yousef S Khader ScD

    1. Assistant Dean, Department of Community Medicine, Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Irbid, Jordan
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Nemeh Al-Akour, School of Nursing, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid 22110, Jordan. Email: alakour@just.edu.jo

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe how Jordanian children with asthma experience their quality of life (QoL). Two hundred children with asthma (34% girls and 66% boys) participated in the study. The Paediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire was used to measure how children with asthma disease impaired their daily life during the previous week on three domains: ‘activity limitations’, ‘symptoms’ and ‘emotional function’. The main finding of this study was that children with asthma scored their QoL towards the negative end of the scale, but they scored more limitations in the domain of activities than in emotions and symptoms. Children reported that the most restricted activity was their ability to run. Younger children, being a girl and living in the rural areas, were associated with lower QoL. The children in the present study might not comply with their health regimen, and this might gave a darker view of the daily life of children with asthma. Further studies of Jordanian children and their QoL were suggested to identify and support the factors which influence QoL of children with asthma and other chronic diseases in Jordan.

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