Outdoor Activities, Accepting Communities Boost Quality of Life for Boys with DMD

Spending more time outdoors, engaging in daily activities and living in a community that accepts patients and their families all tend to improve the lives of boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a European analysis finds. The analysis,“Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy from six European countries,” appeared in the Journal of Neurology and looked at separate studies involving 321 boys with DMD in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and the United Kingdom. Over time, DMD has evolved from a pediatric disease to become also an adult condition. However, the factors that affect overall health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in boys with DMD are unclear.