Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS) is a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by tics and co-morbid behavioural problems, affecting predominantly male patients. Tic severity typically fluctuates over time, with a consistent pattern showing improvement after adolescence in a considerable proportion of patients. Both tics and behavioural co-morbidities have been shown to have the potential to affect patients’ health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) in children and adults with persisting symptoms. In this study, we present the results of the first investigation of HR-QoL in patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome at the transition between adolescence and adulthood using a disease-specific HR-QoL measure, the Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome-Quality of Life-Children and Adolescents scale. Our results showed that patients with GTS and more severe co-morbid anxiety symptoms reported lower HR-QoL across all domains, highlighting the impact of anxiety on patient’s well-being at a critical stage of development. Routine screening for anxiety symptoms is recommended in all patients with GTS seen at transition clinics from paediatric to adult care, to implement effective behavioural and pharmacological interventions as appropriate.

Silvestri, P., Chiarotti, F., Baglioni, V., Neri, V., Cardona, F., Cavanna, A. (2016). Health-related quality of life in patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome at the transition between adolescence and adulthood. NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES, 37(11), 1857-1860 [10.1007/s10072-016-2682-y].

Health-related quality of life in patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome at the transition between adolescence and adulthood

Cavanna A
2016

Abstract

Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS) is a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by tics and co-morbid behavioural problems, affecting predominantly male patients. Tic severity typically fluctuates over time, with a consistent pattern showing improvement after adolescence in a considerable proportion of patients. Both tics and behavioural co-morbidities have been shown to have the potential to affect patients’ health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) in children and adults with persisting symptoms. In this study, we present the results of the first investigation of HR-QoL in patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome at the transition between adolescence and adulthood using a disease-specific HR-QoL measure, the Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome-Quality of Life-Children and Adolescents scale. Our results showed that patients with GTS and more severe co-morbid anxiety symptoms reported lower HR-QoL across all domains, highlighting the impact of anxiety on patient’s well-being at a critical stage of development. Routine screening for anxiety symptoms is recommended in all patients with GTS seen at transition clinics from paediatric to adult care, to implement effective behavioural and pharmacological interventions as appropriate.
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Anxiety; Gilles de la Tourette syndrome; Health-related quality of life; Tics;
English
2016
37
11
1857
1860
open
Silvestri, P., Chiarotti, F., Baglioni, V., Neri, V., Cardona, F., Cavanna, A. (2016). Health-related quality of life in patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome at the transition between adolescence and adulthood. NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES, 37(11), 1857-1860 [10.1007/s10072-016-2682-y].
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