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Keywords:

  • Gastro-oesophageal Reflux;
  • Paediatrics;
  • Quality of Life

Abstract

Aim:  To assess self-reported Quality of life (QoL) in children with Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) aged 5–18 and compare this with both disease and healthy control children in a prospective consecutive sample.

Methods:  All children attending a tertiary paediatric gastroenterology clinic from February 2009 to May 2009 with GORD, chronic constipation and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) were asked to complete the validated PedsQL generic QoL assessment (self-report) at their clinic appointment. The PedsQL considers physical, emotional, social and school domains and is scored from 0 to 100. Healthy children were also recruited from the same site. Groups were compared using the independent samples Student’s t-test.

Results:  A total of 184 children completed the assessment [103 (56%) male, mean age 10.7 years ± 3.3] including 40 children with GORD, 44 with chronic constipation, 59 with IBD and 41 healthy children. QoL was significantly lower in the GORD group compared with both children with IBD (74 vs. 82) and healthy children (74 vs. 84), and was comparable to that of children with chronic constipation (74 vs. 74).

Conclusions:  Self-reported QoL in children with GORD attending a tertiary paediatric gastroenterology clinic is significantly reduced compared with both healthy children and children with IBD.