Quality of life of children and adolescents with cancer: revision of studies literature that used the pediatric quality of life inventoryTM

Débora Milena Farias Queiroz, Maria Helena Costa Amorim, Eliana Zandonade, Maria Helena Monteiro de Barros Miotto


Objective. To assess the quality of life of children and adolescents with cancer of studies that applied the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 3.0 Cancer Module.

Methodology. The study was carried out on the basis of data Scopus Web of Science, BIREME, EBSCO host and Psychoinfo of articles in Spanish, English and Portuguese, and published from 1998 to 2013 that used the Pediatric Quality of life Inventory 3.0 Cancer Module.

Results. 21 articles were selected, of which 47.6% were carried out in America, and 61.9% of editions comprehended from 2011 to 2013. The scores variation by dimensions and in general was probably related for the selection of comparison groups, as the diversity of inclusion criteria and variants may be observed for the analysis in each study. The existence of a standard dimension could not be verified either for children´s /adolescents reports or for parents.

Conclusion. It is concluded that the scores averages by dimensions in general have not achieved values below 30 and the largest scores by dimension are above 80. It is suggested that the treatment anxiety dimension in children´s and adolescents´s reports may have obtained the largest scores within each study, that is lesser than the difficulty of the children and adolescents in face of the treatment and cancer. Nursing becomes a constant presence in the life of children and adolescents with cancer and it may provide a better quality of life for developing nursing activities and the team may demistify, clarify and help in all phases of the illness and treatment.

How to cite this article: Queiroz DMF, Amorim MHC, Zandonade E, Miotto MHMB. Quality of life of children and adolescents with cancer: revision of studies literature that used the pediatric quality of life inventoryTM. Invest Educ Enferm. 2015; 33(2):


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