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The role of sleep in Juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients and their caregivers
© Nozoe et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
- Received: 30 January 2014
- Accepted: 20 May 2014
- Published: 3 June 2014
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a chronic disease that may lead to various consequences for patients and caregivers, especially in relation to sleep quality. Sleep is an essential process for homeostasis of the organism. In general, caregivers of children with JIA are more susceptible to these sleep disorders and a lower quality of life. This impairment in sleep can potentially affect the health of caregiver. For this reason, it is very important to continue to evaluate the quality of sleep in caregivers and how to support these JIA children’s caregivers more effectively.
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Based on the literature cited, we recommend the implementation of professional guidance for children and parents of children with JIA that will improve sleep hygiene and treat sleep problems. These sleep issues are of major importance to caregivers, as well as care providers. We highlight the integrative analysis of the health implications of JIA, regarding both the patient and their caregiver. In this context, the role of experts in integrative and sleep medicine are essential in the guidance and treatment of these families. For this reason, sleep issues should be evaluated for by all care providers of children with JIA and other chronic illnesses and studied more in research. We believe that we may be able to decrease the incidence and severity of these sleep problems and consequently reduce chronic pain in these patients.
I, Karen Nozoe, certify that all people who have made substantial contributions to this manuscript were considered co-authors (e.g., conception, data analysis, drafting of the critical revision for important intellectual content, writing, editing assistance and final approval of the version to be published). Also, the authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
The authors wish to acknowledge the Associação Fundo de Incentivo à Pesquisa (AFIP), the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) of Brazil and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) (grant #2012/08587-8 to K.T.N.) for financial support. ST and MLA are recipients of fellowships from CNPq.
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