Cross-Cultural Comparison of Parental Perspectives of Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Cochlear Implants

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dc.contributor.advisor Silver , Cheryl H . en
dc.creator Kumar , Roshini Ruth en
dc.date.accessioned 2012 -11 -28T17 :46 :02Z en
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T22 :03 :33Z
dc.date.available 2012 -11 -28T17 :46 :02Z en
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T22 :03 :33Z
dc.date.issued 2012 -11 -28 en
dc.date.issued 2012 -11 -28 en
dc.identifier.other 819994156 en
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .5 /1206 en
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : Assessing health -related quality of life (HRQoL ) is a useful way to quantify benefits that cochlear implants (CI ) provide children with hearing loss . Since children often are too young or lack communication skills to convey their HRQoL , parents serve as a reliable proxy . This study examines parent report of HRQoL (categorized in eight domains ) and demographic variables in children with CI . Lastly , this study compares parent HRQoL ratings in the United States (US ) to parent ratings in the Netherlands , Finland and the United Kingdom (UK ) . SUBJECTS : Parents of 33 children with CIs participated in the US component of this study . METHOD : An analysis of variance was used to measure differences among HRQoL domains . Correlations between HRQoL and demographic variables , and correlations among HRQoL domains were assessed using Spearman and point bi -serial correlations . Cross -cultural differences in HRQoL domain scores were computed using one sample t -tests . RESULTS : In this US sample , education and effects of CI domains were rated least positively . Cross -culturally , US parents rated HRQoL more positively than parents in the Netherlands , generally less positively than parents in Finland and aligned most closely with parents in the UK . DISCUSSION : Limited access to CI -related accommodations and varying parent expectations likely explain the differences in low ratings of education and effects of implantation in the US , as well as the differences seen cross -culturally . Providing useful CI accommodations at school and preparing parents for realistic outcomes could greatly benefit children with CI and their families . [Keywords : Health -related quality of life , pediatric cochlear implants , parent proxy , cross -cultural .] en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject.mesh Cochlear Implants en
dc.subject.mesh Quality of Life en
dc.subject.mesh Child en
dc.title Cross -Cultural Comparison of Parental Perspectives of Health -Related Quality of Life in Children with Cochlear Implants en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master of Rehabilitation Counseling en
thesis.degree.level M .R .C . en
thesis.degree.discipline Rehabilitation Counseling en
thesis.degree.grantor UT Southwestern School of Health Professions en
thesis.degree.department Department of Rehabilitation Counseling en
thesis.date.available 2012 -11 -28 en

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Cross-Cultural Comparison of Parental Perspectives of Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Cochlear Implants. UT Southwestern School of Health Professions. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .5 /1206 .

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