Quality of Life in Caregivers of ADHD Children and Diabetes Patients

Quality of Life in Caregivers of ADHD Children and Diabetes Patients

Author Andrade, Elisa Meirelles Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Geha, Laysa Minella Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Duran, Paula Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Suwwan, Raphael Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Machado, Felipe Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
do Rosario, Maria Conceicao Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Abstract Introduction: Studies have shown that the presence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) causes great impairment in academic, social, and professional activities as well as in the quality of life (QoL) of its patients. Similarly, the impact caused by other chronic disorders, such as diabetes, in the patient's QoL has been emphasized in many studies. Despite its relevance, no study has yet investigated whether ADHD caregivers and diabetic patients would have similar QoL impairment. Objectives: This study was conducted in order to compare the QoL scores among ADHD caregivers and diabetic patients. Methods: We evaluated 63 caregivers of ADHD children treated at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UPIA-UNIFESP) and 52 adult diabetic patients. Subjects were assessed with the World Health Organization quality of Life-Bref Version (WHOQOL-BREF), the Beck and Hamilton depression scales, and the Adult Self-Report Scale. Results: When compared to the Brazilian normative data, ADHD caregivers had significantly lower scores in the social relations and environment WHOQOL domains. ADHD caregivers and diabetic patients had similar impairment in all WHOQOL domains except for the physical domain. Conclusion: ADHD affects the QoL of the patient's caregiver, with similar impairment, when compared to the QoL of diabetic patients. These results emphasize the need for assessing QoL of the caregivers as part of the treatment strategies. They also emphasize the need for future studies with larger sample sizes comparing how the QOL is impacted in different chronic disorders.
Keywords quality of life
attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity disorder
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-coverage Lausanne
Language English
Date 2016
Published in Frontiers In Psychiatry. Lausanne, v. 7, p. -, 2016.
ISSN 1664-0640 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Frontiers Media Sa
Extent -
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00127
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000380114100001
URI https://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/57532

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