Chronic Illness and Its Impact on Sleep, Disease-Related Symptoms and Health Outcomes in Young Children and Their Parents

Family and Child Nursing
Center for Research on Management of Sleep Disturbances
Project Period: 
June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2014
Research Project Staff: 
Principal Investigator

The purpose of this project is to gain a better understanding about sleep and the impact of sleep disturbances in 2-5 year-old children recently diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and their parents, and in aged-matched typically developing children and their parents, and examine how child and parental sleep interrelate. Information from this study is important as it may provide a better understanding about some of the mechanisms that may underlie sleep disturbances and disease-related symptoms, as well as provide information to design interventions to improve sleep in parents of children with chronic illness and their child. Specific Aims: 1.Determine the feasibility and acceptability of laboratory-based polysomnography (PSG) and home-based actigraphy in 2-5 year-old children recently diagnosed with JRA and in age-matched typically developing control children. 2.Secondary aims;