Abstract

Purpose: To describe and explore carer quality of life (QoL) and night-time attendance to their child in parents of non-ambulant youth with Neuromuscular Disorders.

Methods: A cross-sectional population-based, comprehensive survey including the Adult Carer QoL (ACQoL) questionnaire, measures of social context and youths’ physical status. Associations between carerQoL or frequency of parents’ night-time attendance with independent variables were explored using linear and logistic regression models, respectively.

Results: Parents’ perceived lower carer-QoL (mean 76.5/120, SD 18.5) when they attended to their child twice a night or more (n = 17/35) and with shorter time since their child was prescribed noninvasive ventilation (NIV). Parental night-time attendance was not associated with youth’s actual use of NIV, but was more likely when youth required assistance to turn in bed, reported frequent sleep discomfort and had more severe joint contractures.

Conclusions: To optimize parent carer-QoL, interventions must address parents’ frequency of night-time attendance and youths’ sleep comfort.

Keywords

neuromuscular disorders, parent carer quality of life, youth, sleep, noninvasive ventilation

Link to Publisher Version (URL)

10.1080/17518423.2021.1908440

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