Background: This study aimed to measure quality of life (QOL) in primary caregivers of young childrenwith Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS).
Methods: The caregivers of 32 children aged from 6.1 to 71.2 months completed the Chinese version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life-BREF (WHOQOL-BREF). We also evaluated the social adaption capacity of these children with Infants-Junior Middle School Students' Social-Life Abilities Scale. Correlation test was used to explore the related factors to caregivers' QOL.
Results: Caregivers of young children with PWS had significantly lower QOL. The correlation analyses revealed that caregivers' QOL was lower in children with young age, combined diseases or symptoms or poor social adaption, or caregivers having concerns about the child.
Conclusions: Rearing a chilld with PWS may lead to decreased QOL. Psychological status of caregivers should be highlighted and social support should be given to families with PWS children.