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Visual Function And Quality Of Life In A Cohort Of Swedish Children With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Journal article
Authors Rezhna Taha
Maria Papadopoulou
Madeleine Zetterberg
Solveig Oskarsdottir
Marita Andersson Grönlund
Published in Clinical Ophthalmology
Volume 13
Pages 2081-2091
ISSN 1177-5483
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Pediatrics
Pages 2081-2091
Language en
Keywords child arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, PROM, uveitis, quality, of life, health-assessment questionnaire, physical-activity, uveitis, classification, adolescents, prevalence, Ophthalmology
Subject categories Ophthalmology


Purpose: To evaluate quality of life (QoL) in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Methods: Forty children with a mean age of 7.9 years were included. The children underwent an ophthalmological examination and completed questionnaires on physical function (CHAQ) and vision-related (VR) QoL (EYE-Q). Results: No differences regarding visual acuity (VA), refraction, intraocular pressure or physical or VRQoL were found between those with JIA without (n=33) and those with JIA-associated uveitis (n=7). When comparing physical function measured by CHAQ disability index and JIA subtype, a difference was found; children with polyarthritis scored the worst (p=0.0098). Children with subnormal VA scored worse on EYE-Q compared with those with normal VA (p=0.013). We found correlations between duration of JIA and CHAQ disability index (r=-0.42, p=0.0007) and CHAQ well-being (r=-0.34, p=0.022). Conclusion: This study indicates the importance of measuring not only physical function but also VRQoL in children with JIA and JIA-associated uveitis.

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