Quality of life in parents of children with cough: associated environmental and genetic factors

Dejanovic, Jessica (2012). Quality of life in parents of children with cough: associated environmental and genetic factors Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Dejanovic, Jessica
Thesis Title Quality of life in parents of children with cough: associated environmental and genetic factors
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10-10
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Peter Newcombe
Total pages 89
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Chronic cough is the most common reason why parents present their child to a general practitioner. Paediatric chronic cough places a burden not only on the child, but also on the parents and family. This burden can have negative outcomes for the quality of life of parents, however the relationship between paediatric cough and parental quality of life, as well as how this is impacted by genetic and environmental risk factors, is unknown. The current study aimed to describe and understand the genetic and environmental risk factors associated with quality of life in parents of a child with chronic cough. The 66 participants (58 mothers) were parents of children (N = 66, 42 males; M age = 49.09 months, SD = 36.18) who presented to the Royal Children’s Hospital and were recruited as part of a wider Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute’s Emergency Department Cough study and completed the Parent Cough-Specific Quality of Life (PC-QOL) questionnaire at Day 28 of the study. The results suggest that a child still coughing at Day 28 (i.e., chronic cough), household exposure to tobacco smoke and owning a pet were associated with poorer parental quality of life, with owning a pet being the most significant predictor. The findings of the study provide a more complete picture of risk factors associated with the burden of chronic cough in children and inform optimal patient management.
Keyword Parents quality of life
Children with cough
Environmental and genetic factors

 
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