Quality of life after tonsillectomy in children with recurrent tonsillitis

Nira A. Goldstein, Michael G. Stewart, David L. Witsell, Maureen T. Hannley, Edward M. Weaver, Bevan Yueh, Timothy L. Smith, Laura J. Orvidas

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S9-S16
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number1 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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    Goldstein, N. A., Stewart, M. G., Witsell, D. L., Hannley, M. T., Weaver, E. M., Yueh, B., Smith, T. L., & Orvidas, L. J. (2008). Quality of life after tonsillectomy in children with recurrent tonsillitis. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 138(1 SUPPL.), S9-S16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.otohns.2006.12.029