Quality of life of children and adolescents with chronic kidney disease: A cross-sectional study

Anna Francis, Madeleine Didsbury, Anita van Zwieten, Kerry Chen, Laura J. James, Siah Kim, Kirsten Howard, Gabrielle J. Williams, Omri Bahat Treidel, Steven J. McTaggart, Amanda M. Walker, Fiona E. Mackie, Tonya Kara, Natasha Nassar, Armando T. Teixeira-Pinto, Allison Tong, David W. Johnson, Jonathan C. Craig, Germaine Wong

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Objective The aim was to compare quality of life (QoL) among children and adolescents with different stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and determine factors associated with changes in QoL. Design Cross-sectional. Setting The Kids with CKD study involved five of eight paediatric nephrology units in Australia and New Zealand. Patients There were 375 children and adolescents (aged 6-18 years) with CKD, on dialysis or transplanted, recruited between 2013 and 2016. Main outcome measures Overall and domain-specific QoL were measured using the Health Utilities Index 3 score, with a scale from '0.36 (worse than dead) to 1 (perfect health). QoL scores were compared between CKD stages using the Mann-Whitney U test. Factors associated with changes in QoL were assessed using multivariable linear and ordinal logistic regression. Results QoL for those with CKD stages 1-2 (n=106, median 0.88, IQR 0.63-0.96) was higher than those on dialysis (n=43, median 0.67, IQR 0.39-0.91, p<0.001), and similar to those with kidney transplants (n=135, median 0.83, IQR 0.59-0.97, p=0.4) or CKD stages 3-5 (n=91, 0.85, IQR 0.60-0.98). Reductions were most frequent in the domains of cognition (50%), pain (42%) and emotion (40%). The risk factors associated with decrements in overall QoL were being on dialysis (decrement of 0.13, 95% CI 0.02 to 0.25, p=0.02), lower family income (decrement of 0.10, 95% CI 0.03 to 0.15, p=0.002) and short stature (decrement of 0.09, 95% CI 0.01 to 0.16, p=0.02). Conclusions The overall QoL and domains such as pain and emotion are substantially worse in children on dialysis compared with earlier stage CKD and those with kidney transplants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-140
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • chronic kidney disease
  • children
  • adolescents
  • quality of life


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