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Having a child with asthma—Quality of life for Jordanian parents

Authors

  • Nemeh Al-Akour DSN,

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    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 DSc

    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, Irbid, Jordan, P.O. Box 3030. Email: alakour@just.edu.jo

Abstract

This study was conducted to assess the quality of life (QoL) of Jordanian parents of children with asthma and its associated factors. Three hundred and twenty-six parents of 200 children participated in the study. The Pediatric Asthma Caregivers’ Quality of Life Questionnaire (PACQLQ) was used to measure how parents of children with asthma disease impaired their daily life during the previous week on two domains ‘activity limitations’ and ‘emotional function’. In this study, parents of children with asthma scored their QoL during the past week moderately to the positive end of the scale but they scored more limitations in the domain of activities than in emotions. Parents in the same family scored activity domain fairly similar and there was a significant difference in their scoring of total emotional function. Parents with older children, living in the rural areas, mothers of children with mild asthma were associated with higher QoL. Children received needed daily asthma medication during the preceding week. Asthma medication might mean to the parents that the child was getting the best possible treatment. Further studies to identify the factors that influence QoL of parents of children with asthma in Jordan are needed.

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