Agreement between parent-proxy and child self-report in pediatric hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

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J Child Health Care


Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) is a common disorder in children and adolescents that negatively impacts health-related quality of life (HRQOL). It can include chronic pain, fatigue, autonomic dysfunction, and mood problems. The objective of this study was to examine levels of agreement between children and parents in the setting of hEDS and HRQOL. Individuals with hEDS, ages 10-20 years, and their parents were recruited to complete a series of surveys. Instruments included pediatric quality of life generic and multidimensional fatigue scales, Functional Disability Index, Pain-Frequency-Severity-Duration scale, Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire, and Herth Hope Index. Agreement on each measure was evaluated using statistical calculations. Thirty-six parent-child dyads completed the surveys. There were no significant differences between the means of parent and child scores. There was moderate to strong agreement on all survey scores. However, the proportion of dyads with disagreement was relatively high for each individual score. Eighteen dyads disagreed on at least half of the surveys. Body mass index centile and child perception of cognitive fatigue most strongly predicted disagreement in total HRQOL score. Proxy-reporters for children and adolescents with hEDS may agree with their child on average. However, due to significant frequency of clinically important disagreement, information from both children and their parents should be sought whenever possible.



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