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Impact of enuresis nocturna on health-related quality of life in children and their mothers

By A.G. Kilicoglu, C. Mutlu, M.K. Bahali, H. Adaletli, H. Gunes, H. Metin Duman, H.I. Toz, and O.S. Uneri.

Journal of Pediatric Urology, Volume 10, Issue 6, 1 December 2014, Pages 1261-1266

Editor’s comments:

This study is a repetition of a similar study investigating the quality of life of mothers with bedwetting children (1). Nocturnal enuresis negatively affects the quality of life of both children and their mothers. Therefore, when seeing children with enuresis and their family, physicians should also be aware of the negative effect of bedwetting on the mothers' quality of life.

ABSTRACT:
Objective

Nocturnal enuresis (NE) is a common childhood disorder. As children age and NE persists, it may become more stressful for both them and their caregivers. The aim of the present study was to assess the impact of NE on the quality of life of children who were diagnosed with NE, and their mothers, and to compare the results with a healthy control group.

Subjects and method
Eighty-two children with NE, and their mothers, and 93 healthy children and their mothers were enrolled in the study. The sociodemographic data were evaluated. The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 Scales (PedsQL 4.0) were used to assess the children's health-related quality of life (HRQoL); and the World Health Organization Quality of Life Instrument; short form (WHOQOL-BREF) was used for the mothers' HRQoL.

Results
The PedsQL 4.0 mean scores for the children with NE group were as follows: total score, 68.74; physical health score, 72.79; psychosocial health score, 66.56. The scores for the children in the control group were as follows: total score, 80.98; physical health score, 81.11; psychosocial health score, 80.88. The WHOQOL-BREF scores for the mothers of the children with NE were as follows: physical health score, 67.90; psychosocial health score, 62.66; social relationships score, 60.90; environmental area score, 61.04. The WHOQOL-BREF scores for the mothers in the control group were as follows: physical health score, 75.96; psychosocial health score, 72.39; social relationships score, 72.18; environmental area score, 67.44.

Conclusions
Nocturnal enuresis negatively affects the quality of life of both children and their mothers. Therefore, when physicians see children with enuresis, they should also be aware of the effect of NE on the mothers' quality of life.

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