The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2013 , Vol 55 , Num 2
The Effects of Constipation on the Quality of Life of Children and Mothers
1Odemis School of Health, Ege University, 2Department of Surgical Nursing, Ege University Nursing Faculty, and 3Department of Pediatric Surgery, Ege University Faculty of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey. E-mail: This study, a quasi-experimental study, was planned to investigate the effects of functional constipation on the quality of life (QOL) of children and their mothers. The sample of the study included children with functional constipation and its complications and their families (n=26).

The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) and Short Form Health Survey-36 (SF–36) were used. No statistically significant difference was found by SF-36 QOL scale scores of the first and sixth month interviews with the mothers. There was a statistically significant difference in total psychosocial scores of the children. When the PedsQL scores, which were completed during the first and sixth month interviews with the mothers, were compared, there were no statistically significant differences between total physical health scores, total psychosocial scores and total inventory scores. Keywords : child, constipation, nursing care, quality of life.

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