The assessment of children and adolescents’ quality of life who were under treatment was performed in three different stages of treatment. For the first measurement, at the beginning of the therapy, the score on the scale for quality of life for children and adolescents was 3.44 and 3.88, respectively, in the middle of the treatment 3.36 and 3.89, respectively, and 3.43 and 3.89, respectively, when therapy was completed.
Especially, by evaluating different Qo L dimensions and in different treatment stages is supported that will assist in detecting children and families with an expected poorer Qo L and guide health professionals with targeted interventions to improve it (7–9).
Fifty-six newly diagnosed patients diagnosed with malignancy and hospitalized in a Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit in Athens were included in the study.
Minneapolis-Manchester Quality of Life Instrument was used for data collection from July 2010 to December 2012.
Many studies have checked validity and reliability of the Minneapolis-Manchester Qo L questionnaire (19–21). carried out on 162 children and 268 adolescents with cancer, internal consistency reliability Cronbach's was found to be 0.72 in the children's version (c8–12 years old) in all subscales, and 0.78 in the adolescents version (aged 13–20 years), in six of the seven subscales (22).
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