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Health-related quality of life is low in secondary school children in Fiji

Petersen, Solveig, Mavoa, Helen, Swinburn, Boyd, Waqa, Gade, Goundar, Ramneek and Moodie, Marjory 2012, Health-related quality of life is low in secondary school children in Fiji, International journal of pediatrics, vol. 2012, Article ID 294530, pp. 1-10.

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Title Health-related quality of life is low in secondary school children in Fiji
Author(s) Petersen, Solveig
Mavoa, Helen
Swinburn, Boyd
Waqa, Gade
Goundar, Ramneek
Moodie, MarjoryORCID iD for Moodie, Marjory orcid.org/0000-0001-6890-5250
Journal name International journal of pediatrics
Volume number 2012
Season Article ID 294530
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1687-9740
1687-9759
Keyword(s) secondary school children
Fiji
health
Summary The health and wellbeing of children in lower-income countries is the focus of much international effort, yet there has been very little direct measurement of this. Objective. The current objective was to study the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in a general population of secondary school children in Fiji, a low middle-income country in the Pacific. Methods. Self-reported HRQoL was measured by the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 in 8947 school children (aged 12–18 years) from 18 secondary schools on Viti Levu, the main island of Fiji. HRQoL in Fiji was compared to that of school-aged children in 13 high- and upper middle-income countries. Results. The school children in Fiji had lower HRQoL than the children in the 13 comparison countries, with consistently lower physical, emotional, social, and school functioning and wellbeing. HRQoL was particularly low amongst girls and Indigenous Fijians. Conclusions. These findings raise concerns about the general functioning and wellbeing of school children in Fiji. The consistently low HRQoL across all core domains suggests pervasive underlying determinants. Investigation of the potential determinants in Fiji and validation of the current results in Fiji and other lower-income countries are important avenues for future research.
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Language eng
Field of Research 111715 Pacific Peoples Health
Socio Economic Objective 920308 Pacific Peoples Health - Determinants of Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012 Solveig Petersen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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