Lemberg, Marie-Luise, Eberle, Peter and Shah-Hosseini, Kija ORCID: 0000-0001-9616-6942 (2016). Importance of Quality of Life for Adherence to Sublingual Immunotherapy. Biomed Res. Int., 2016. LONDON: HINDAWI LTD. ISSN 2314-6141

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Background. Nonperception of efficacy ranks among the most commonly cited causes for nonadherence to sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). Quality of life (QoL) in patients is a determining factor influencing adherence. We investigated QoL and adherence separately in SLIT patients at one pediatric practice in Germany. Methods. We conducted a noninterventional, cross-sectional, retrospective, quality-of-life survey among pediatric patients treated with SLIT. QoL was assessed using the generic SF-12 health survey in German. The items contained in the SF-12 health survey are weighted, added up, and converted to obtain a physical component score (PCS) and a mental component score (MCS). Each component score ranges from 0 to 100; the higher the score, the better the QoL perceived. Results. 201 surveyed patients who had undergone SLIT showed PCS-12 of 49.3 (+/- 7.0) and MCS-12 of 52.6 (+/- 7.2). These figures correlate strongly with those reported for the German general population (n = 2453): PCS-12 of 49.6 (+/- 8.7) and MCS-12 of 52.3 (+/- 8.0). 70.2% (73) of 104 patients were adherent at this practice. Conclusions. QoL in the SLIT patients surveyed here appears as good as that of the general population. Adherence to SLIT at this practice was remarkably better than that reported elsewhere.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Shah-Hosseini, KijaUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0001-9616-6942UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-289469
DOI: 10.1155/2016/5186765
Journal or Publication Title: Biomed Res. Int.
Volume: 2016
Date: 2016
Publisher: HINDAWI LTD
Place of Publication: LONDON
ISSN: 2314-6141
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
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STRATEGIESMultiple languages
Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology; Medicine, Research & ExperimentalMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/28946


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