Pediatric Valley Fever

Researchers Involved:
Erin Gaab, Jan Wallendar, Jitske Tiemensma, HSRAs

Community Organizations Involved: Valley Children’s Hospital: Jim McCarty, M.D. and Fouzia Naeem, M.D.

Process: Research investigating the effects of valley fever (coccidioidomycosis) on children and the psychosocial implications of this disease in general is lacking. This study reviews what is known about pediatric valley fever patients. It documents the psychological functioning, quality of life and illness perceptions of a sample of valley fever patient families. Primary caregivers of pediatric patients and patients from a major hospital in the San Joaquin Valley were interviewed regarding their perceptions of disease detection, access to care and the patient/family experience. The findings were published in an open-access journal: Gaab, E. M., & Naeem, F. (2015, August). Pediatric Coccidioidomycosis Patients : Perceptions, Quality of Life and Psychosocial Factors. In Healthcare (Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 775-795). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.