Department of Anatomy, Ibrahim Medical College,122,Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue,Dhaka.
Department of Public Health, American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB),Dhaka, Bangladesh
Background and objective:
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is considered as an emerging problem in our
socioeconomic context. The objectives of this study
were to compare the health related quality of life of children with autism
spectrum disorder to that of typically developing peers.
Methods: A cross sectional
comparative study was conducted on autistic children and normal children in six
centers of Dhaka city to see the health related quality of life from parent’s perspective
by using the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 Generic Core Scales (PedsQL scale). Total of 115 children within the age group of 8-12
years were selected, among them 57 were autistic and 58 were normal peers.
Results: Children with
autism spectrum disorder had poor physical (mean score 6.04), emotional (mean score
9.77) and social (mean score 14.51) functions as well as learning ability (mean
score 8.12) whereas normal children’s functioning mean scores were 0.10, 1.79,
0.0 and 0.45 in respective domains and the differences were significant (p<.0001)
in each aspect of quality of life.
study revealed that, children with autism spectrum
disorder experienced poorer health-related quality of life than normal children
and thus the findings would contribute in
implementing different strategies for improving the health status of autistic
IMC J Med Sci 2017; 11(2): 40-44