Requirements for improving health and well-being of children with Prader-Willi syndrome and their families

Jessica Mackay, Zoe McCallum, Geoffrey R. Ambler, Komal Vora, Gillian Nixon, Philip Bergman, Nora Shields, Kate Milner, Nitin Kapur, Patricia Crock, Daan Caudri, Jaqueline Curran, Charles Verge, Chris Seton, Andrew Tai, Elaine Tham, Yassmin Musthaffa, Antony R. Lafferty, Greg Blecher, Jessica HarperCara Schofield, Aleisha Nielsen, Andrew Wilson, Helen Leonard, Catherine S. Choong, Jenny Downs

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Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a rare genetic condition with multi-system involvement. The literature was reviewed to describe neurodevelopment and the behavioural phenotype, endocrine and metabolic disorders and respiratory and sleep functioning. Implications for child and family quality of life were explored. Challenging behaviours contribute to poorer well-being and quality of life for both the child and caregiver. Recent evidence indicates healthy outcomes of weight and height can be achieved with growth hormone therapy and dietary restriction and should be the current target for all individuals with PWS. Gaps in the literature included therapies to manage challenging behaviours, as well as understanding the effects of growth hormone on respiratory and sleep function. New knowledge regarding the transition of children and families from schooling and paediatric health services to employment, accommodation and adult health services is also needed. Developing a national population-based registry could address these knowledge gaps and inform advocacy for support services that improve the well-being of individuals with PWS and their families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1029-1037
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019


  • endocrine
  • hyperphagia
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • quality of life
  • sleep disordered breathing

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