The health-related quality of life of children, adolescents, and young adults with neurofibromatosis type 1 and their families: Analysis of narratives

Claire Burke Draucker, Kavitha Nutakki, James W. Varni, Nancy L. Swigonski

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Abstract

Purpose: Provide an in-depth description of the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in youth diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and their families. Design and Methods: Data were drawn from qualitative interviews conducted for a larger study aimed at developing the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ (PedsQL™) NF1 module. Results: Youth with NF1 and their families experience a wide range of concerns related to HRQoL due to the varied symptom expression and uncertain trajectory of the disorder. Practice Implications: Pediatric nurses should routinely assess for HRQoL in this population and develop strategies tailored to those concerns that require intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere12174
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2017

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • children
  • families
  • neurofibromatosis type 1
  • qualitative description
  • young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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