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Health-related quality of life in children with asthma from different ethnic origins

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Author: Dellen, Q.M. van · Stronks, K. · Bindels, P.J.E. · Öry, F.G. · Bruil, J. · Aalderen, W.M.C. van · Wennink, J.M.B. · Wolf, B.H.M. · Mahdi, U. · Nagelkerke, A.F. · Veer, E.M.A. van der · Westra, M.
Institution: TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Source:Journal of Asthma, 2, 44, 125-131
Identifier: 239893
doi: doi:10.1080/02770900601182459
Keywords: Health · Quality of life · Beta 2 adrenergic receptor stimulating agent · Corticosteroid · Childhood disease · Controlled study · Disease control · Ethnic difference · Ethnicity · Immigrant · Linear regression analysis · Major clinical study · School child · Scoring system · Social status · Adolescent · Asthma · Child · Cross-Sectional Studies · Female · Humans · Male · Morocco · Netherlands · Quality of Life · Questionnaires · Socioeconomic Factors · Suriname · Turkey


This study aimed to identify and explain differences in health-related quality of life (QoL) between immigrant and non-immigrant children with asthma. In 274 children (7-17 years of age) generic and asthma-related QoL were assessed. The association between ethnicity and QoL was studied in linear regression model analyses. For the asthma-related QoL, unadjusted analyses showed significant ethnic differences. The non-immigrant children had the highest scores, which implies a better QoL. After adjusting for asthma control and socioeconomic status (SES), ethnic differences disappeared. These results suggest that immigrant children have a similar QoL to that of non-immigrant children from a comparable SES, when their asthma is under control. Copyright © 2007 Informa Healthcare.