Journal article

Health-related quality of life: population epidemiology and concordance in Australian children aged 11-12 years and their parents

Max Catchpool, Lisa Gold, Anneke C Grobler, Susan A Clifford, Melissa Wake

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019


OBJECTIVES: To describe the distribution of health-related quality of life (HRQL) in a national sample of Australian children aged 11-12 years and their parents, and examine associations within parent-child dyads. DESIGN: The Child Health CheckPoint, a population-based cross-sectional study nested between waves 6 and 7 of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). SETTING: Assessment centres in seven Australian cities and eight regional towns, or home visit; February 2015 to March 2016. PARTICIPANTS: Of all participating CheckPoint families (n=1874), 1853 children (49.0% girls) and 1863 parents (87.7% mothers) with HRQL data were included (1786 pairs). OUTCOME MEASURES: HRQL was s..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia

Awarded by Royal Children's Hospital Foundation

Awarded by Financial Markets Foundation for Children

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia (Project Grants 1041352, 1109355), The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation (2014-241), the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), The University of Melbourne and Financial Markets Foundation for Children (2014-055, 2016-310). The following authors were supported by the NHMRC: Early Career Fellowship (1035100) to LG; Senior Research Fellowship (1046518) to MW. MW was supported by Cure Kids, New Zealand. The MCRI administered the research grants for the study and provided infrastructural support (IT and biospecimen management) to its staff and the study, but played no role in the conduct or analysis of the trial. Research at the MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The Australian Department of Social Services played a role in study design; however, no other funding bodies had a role in the study design and conduct; data collection, management, analysis and interpretation; preparation, review or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.