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OBJECTIVES To validate the previously proposed classification criteria for Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP), childhood polyarteritis nodosa (c-PAN), c-Wegener granulomatosis (c-WG) and c-Takayasu arteritis (c-TA). METHODS Step 1: retrospective/prospective web-data collection for children with HSP, c-PAN, c-WG and c-TA with age at diagnosis <or=18 years.(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare health-related quality of life (HRQL) and to identify clinical determinants for poor HRQL of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) coming from three geographic areas. METHODS The HRQL was assessed through the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ). A total of 30 countries were included grouped in three geographic areas: 16(More)
PURPOSE The current study tested the applicability of Jessor's problem behavior theory (PBT) in national probability samples from Georgia and Switzerland. Comparisons focused on (1) the applicability of the problem behavior syndrome (PBS) in both developmental contexts, and (2) on the applicability of employing a set of theory-driven risk and protective(More)
We report herein the results of the cross-cultural adaptation and validation into the Georgian language of the parent's version of two health related quality of life instruments. The Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire (CHAQ) is a disease specific health instrument that measures functional ability in daily living activities in children with juvenile(More)
OBJECTIVE To prepare a website for families and health professionals containing up to date information about paediatric rheumatic diseases (PRD). METHODS Firstly, paediatric rheumatology centres and family self help associations were surveyed to characterise current clinical practice of physicians providing care for children with PRD, research activities,(More)
The distribution of the disorders causing Fever of Unknown Origin (FUO) may differ according to the geographic area and the socioeconomic status of the country. FUO has not been appropriately investigated in children and adolescents in Georgia and therefore a study was undertaken to determine its causes and clinical characteristics. A total of 52 children(More)
Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is a hereditary autoinflammatory disorder caused by mutations in the MEFV gene. Carrier rates are known to be particularly high among Sephardic Jews, Turks, Armenians and Arab populations. Our literature survey regarding FMF and MEFV mutations in Georgia revealed a lack of existing studies. We applied multiplex PCR and(More)
Objectives: To conduct a national survey on adolescent health and lifestyles in Georgia and to thus set up a database on adolescent. Methods: A two-stage cluster sample of around 8000–10 000 in-school 15–18 years adolescents are being reached through a random selection of classes in Georgia. The sample has been stratified by age, region, type of school and(More)
The aim of the study was to assess the basic indicators of health of adolescents in Georgia. A self-administered anonymous questionnaire was adapted from the Swiss Survey (SMASH2002), translated into Georgian and other languages mainly used in schools (Russian, Armenian and Azeri). It contained 87 questions. Two-stage cluster sampling was devised. Weight(More)
The aim of the study was to reveal the possible effect of perorally given bacteriophages on the clinical course of diseases caused by infectious agents in children. The complex therapy with inclusion of bacteriophages was performed in 85 children aged from 1 week to 15 years, 36 girls, 47 boys with following diagnoses: sepsis, bacterial diarrhea, urinary(More)