Presentation of complaints and worth of life in Albanian children and teenagers with CKD
Keywords:Quality of life, dialysis, emotional disorders, chronic renal disease.
It is observed an elevated interest in the quality of life (QOL) of children with chronic kidney disease (CKD). This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of performance disorders and to evaluate the health-related QOL (HRQOL) in 130 patients with CKD. To appraise the prevalence of performance disorders and analyze HRQOL, we used the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and Pediatric Inventory of Quality of Life (PedsQL) Core scales as measurement instruments for both the children and their parents. The CKD group had lower results in nearly all areas of PedsQL areas. Only the lack of religion was related in a significant way to a lower global HRQOL result (OR= 5.8; P= 0.07). Only two factors were related to a lower HRQOL result between the parents: children's age > ten years (OR = 4.9, P=0.026) and the lack of religion (OR= 2.8, P= 0.025). The CKD group showed a higher ratio of performance and emotional disorders in all SDQ fields. Our results recommend the significance of assessing the performance and social impacts of CKD in order to improve the life quality of this pediatric population.