Barbara Demchick, Julia Ehler, Shelly Marramar, Alison Mills, Amanda Nuneviller; Quality of Life in Families With a Young Child With Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated With Streptococcal Infection (PANDAS). Am J Occup Ther 2019;73(4_Supplement_1):7311505156. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO6005
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Date Presented 04/05/19
PANDAS is the abrupt onset of OCD or tics after streptococcal infection in a formerly healthy child. We used qualitative phenomenology to explore family quality of life (FQOL) in six families with a child who developed PANDAS in early childhood. Data were collected through interviews, which were transcribed and analyzed through a rigorous inductive process. Results indicate that PANDAS severely impacts FQOL, and OT's awareness of PANDAS may be key to supporting the child and family.
Primary Author and Speaker: Barbara Demchick
Additional Authors and Speakers: Julia Ehler, Shelly Marramar, Alison Mills, Amanda Nuneviller
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