Mothers' perceptions of children's quality of life following early diagnosis and treatment for retinoblastoma (Rb)

Sheppard, Linda; Eiser, C. and Kingston, J.. 2005. Mothers' perceptions of children's quality of life following early diagnosis and treatment for retinoblastoma (Rb). Child Care Health and Development, 31(2), pp. 137-142. ISSN 03051862 [Article]

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We describe the Quality of Life (QoL) and IQ of survivors of retinoblastoma (Rb), both in relation to the normal population and between subgroups of Rb patients differing in relative risk (i.e. unilateral vs. bilateral disease). The sample included 54 children (28 males, age-range 8–16 years) and their mothers. Mothers completed standardized questionnaires to report their own QoL and that of their child. Children completed a brief IQ test. Compared with population norms, mothers reported lower levels of QoL for their child on total QoL and for sub-scales measuring Physical and Psychosocial function. Mothers reported their own QoL to be comparable or higher than norms on all but one of eight sub-scales (energy/vitality). Compared with population norms, children with no visual impairment scored in the normal range for tasks measuring Verbal IQ, but below the mean on tasks measuring Performance IQ. According to their mothers, survivors of Rb have excellent school attendance and take part in most school activities. However, based on standardized questionnaire, they show compromised QoL. We consider that excellent survival rates in Rb are matched with good QoL according to mothers' report.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2005.00498.x

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)

Dates:

DateEvent
March 2005Published

Item ID:

1871

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2009 15:42

Last Modified:

07 Dec 2012 12:51

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/1871

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