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Title: Self and parent-proxy rated health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in youth with obesity: are parents good surrogates?
Authors: Ooi, Delicia Shu Qin
Loke, Kah Yin
Ho, Cindy Wei Li
Lim, Yvonne Yijuan
Tay, Veronica
Karuppiah, Vijaya
Sng, Andrew Anjian
Lai, Lester Yousheng
Lee, Yung Seng
Griva, Konstadina
Keywords: Science::Medicine
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Ooi, D. S. Q., Loke, K. Y., Ho, C. W. L., Lim, Y. Y., Tay, V., Karuppiah, V., Sng, A. A., Lai, L. Y., Lee, Y. S. & Griva, K. (2020). Self and parent-proxy rated health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in youth with obesity: are parents good surrogates?. Quality of Life Research, 29(8), 2171-2181.
Project: NMRC/CIRG/1407/2014
Journal: Quality of Life Research
Abstract: Purpose Consideration of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and wellbeing outcomes is important to guide healthcare services for youth with obesity, yet youth perspectives may difer from their parents. This study compared youth and parental HRQoL reports and evaluated levels of concordance across HRQoL domains and as a function of youth age, youth gender and parent informant (mother and father). Methods 376 youths with obesity, recruited from community (N=223) and hospital settings (N=153), and their parents (N=190 mothers; N=91 fathers), completed the PedsQL. Parental and youth agreement across subgroup dyads (mother; father; child gender; child age) were evaluated using Wilcoxon signed-rank test, intra-correlations coefcients (ICCs) and Bland–Altman plots. Results Compared to norms, HRQoL levels (youth self-report and parental proxy reports) were lower in all domains. Both mother and fathers’ HRQoL reports were signifcantly lower than youths, most notably in physical HRQoL. Youth–parent concordance ranged from poor to moderate (ICC=0.230–0.618), with lowest agreement for Physical HRQOL. Mothers were better proxies with ICCs being signifcant in all domains. Youth-father ICCs were signifcant only for Social (ICC=0.428) and School (ICC=0.303) domains. Girl–mother agreement was signifcant across all domains, while girl–father agreement was signifcant only in the Social domain (ICC=0.653). Both mothers and fathers were poor raters for boys, and younger youths (aged ≤12), with non-signifcant ICCs in most HRQoL domains. Conclusions Parents are poor surrogates for youth HRQoL. Clinicians should be cognizant that parents are not necessarily accurate proxies for youths, and exercise caution when interpreting parent-proxy scores.
ISSN: 0962-9343
DOI: 10.1007/s11136-020-02472-y
Schools: Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) 
Rights: © 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. All rights reserved.
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