• Users Online: 964
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 102-108

Quality of life in patients suffering from thalassaemia in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates


1 Pathology Department, Ras Al Khaimah College of Medical Sciences, Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
2 Ras Al Khaimah Medical District, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
3 Pediatrics Department, Saqr Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
4 Ras Al Khaimah College of Medical Sciences, Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Correspondence Address:
Ibrahim Y Hachim
Pathology Department, Ras Al Khaimah College of Medical Sciences, Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, PO Box 11172, Ras Al Khaimah
United Arab Emirates
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.7707/hmj.v7i1.290

Rights and Permissions

Although medical advances in the treatment of thalassaemia major have led to increased survival, some patients still suffer from disease complications. These complications, along with chronic treatment via transfusions and chelation, can adversely impact patients' quality of life (QoL). A cross-sectional study was carried out in children and adolescents suffering from thalassaemia who received treatment at Saqr and Saif Bin Ghabash Hospitals from January to March 2012. QoL was assessed using the QoL Short Form questionnaire-36 items (SF-36) in 25 patients; 25 participants who did not have thalassaemia formed a control group. There was a significant reduction in the QoL of patients with thalassaemia when compared with the control group. Patients in the age group 17–24 years had better QoL than other age groups, and women had a higher QoL score than men. Patients with a higher level of education had better QoL than those with a lower level of education and patients who had undergone fewer blood transfusions (< 12 per year) had better QoL than those who had undergone more blood transfusions. Patients who regularly received iron chelation (≥ 30 per month) showed better QoL than all other groups.


[PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed201    
    Printed7    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded34    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal