Review and evaluation of patient-centered psychosocial assessments for children with central precocious puberty or early puberty
The objective of this study was to assess the current use of patient-centered psychosocial assessments for the evaluation of children with central precocious puberty (CPP). Studies evaluating the psychosocial impact of CPP were identified through searches of the PubMed and Cochrane Library databases, ClinicalTrials.gov, a drug prescribing information database, and regulatory websites. Studies were screened using prespecified inclusion and exclusion criteria. Potentially relevant patient-centered outcome assessments (including patient-, parent- or observer-reported measures) used in the identified studies were evaluated in detail for their relevance in CPP. Of the 467 studies identified, 15 met the inclusion criteria. Frequently assessed concepts included depression and anxiety, behavior and behavioral problems, body image and self-esteem and personality type/characteristics. Among the assessments used in the identified studies, the Child Behavior Checklist, Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL), SF-10 for Children and Child Health Questionnaire were comprehensively evaluated. The PedsQL showed promise as a patient-centered outcome measure in CPP. Although there is a lack of validated tools measuring psychosocial health and health-related quality of life in patients with CPP, the PedsQL captures issues seen in this patient population and is relatively easy to administer. Further studies using this and other tools in children with CPP are needed.
Williams, V. S. L., Soliman, A. M., Barrett, A. M., & Klein, K. O. (2018). Review and evaluation of patient-centered psychosocial assessments for children with central precocious puberty or early puberty. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, 31(5), 485-495. DOI: 10.1515/jpem-2017-0465