Quality of life after tonsillectomy in children with recurrent tonsillitis.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: To describe changes in disease-specific and global quality of life (QOL) for children with recurrent or chronic tonsillitis at 6 months and 1 year after tonsillectomy using two validated instruments, the Tonsil and Adenoid Health Status Instrument (TAHSI) and the Child Health Questionaire-PF28 (CHQ-PF28). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: A multicenter, prospective observational outcomes study. RESULTS: Ninety-two children, mean age (SD) 10.6 (3.4) years, enrolled with follow-up available for 58 children at 6 months and 38 children at 1 year. The children showed significant improvements in all subscales of the TAHSI including airway and breathing, infection, health care utilization, cost of care, eating and swallowing (all P < 0.001), and behavior (P = 0.01). Significant improvements were also found on several subscales of the CHQ-PF28, such as general health perceptions, physical functioning, parental impact, and family activities (all P < 0.001). CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: This uncontrolled study provides prospective evidence of improved disease-specific and global QOL in children after tonsillectomy.

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Cited Authors

  • Goldstein, NA; Stewart, MG; Witsell, DL; Hannley, MT; Weaver, EM; Yueh, B; Smith, TL; Orvidas, LJ; TO TREAT Study Investigators,

Published Date

  • January 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 138 / 1 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • S9 - S16

PubMed ID

  • 18164376

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18164376

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0194-5998

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.otohns.2006.12.029


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England