Haverman et al identified factors in a pediatric patient with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) that are predictive of a reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The authors are from Emma Children's Hospital, Sint Lucas Andreas Hospital and VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Patient selection: juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)


About half of pediatric patients with JIA have an impaired HRQOL.


Predictors of health-related quality of life (HRQOL):

(1) functional ability (disability)

(2) pain

(3) subjective burden of medication use

(4) school absence



• These would reflect disease activity.


A patient with JIA should have HRQOL monitored, especially if one or more of these predictors are present.

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