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Comparison of pediatric self reports and parent proxy reports utilizing PROMIS: Results from a chiropractic practice-based research network

Journal title
Complementary therapies in clinical practice
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Alcantara, J.; Ohm, J.; Alcantara, J.

OBJECTIVE: To measure the cross-informant variant of pediatric quality of life (QoL) based on self-reports and parent proxy measures. METHODS: A secondary analysis of baseline data obtained from two independent studies measuring the QoL based on the pediatric PROMIS-25 self-report and the PROMIS parent-proxy items banks. A scoring manual associated raw scores to a T score metric (mean = 50; SD = 10). Reliability of QoL ratings utilized the ICC while comparison of mean T Scores utilized the unpaired t-test. RESULTS: A total of 289 parent-child dyads comprised our study responders. Average age for parents and children was 41.27 years and 12.52 years, respectively. The mean T score (child self-report: parent proxy) for each QoL domains were: mobility (50.82:52.58), anxiety (46.73:44.21), depression (45.18:43.60), fatigue (45.59:43.92), peer-relationships (52.15:52.88) and pain interference (47.47:44.80). CONCLUSION: Parents tend to over-estimate their child’s QoL based on measures of anxiety, depression, fatigue, peer-relationships and pain interference.

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