Health-related Quality of Life in Children with Sickle Cell Disease Undergoing Chronic Red Cell Transfusion Therapy

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  • Chronic red cell transfusion (CRCT) therapy is one of few disease-modifying treatments for sickle cell disease (SCD). This study evaluated health-related quality of life (HRQL) in children receiving CRCT relative to 2 comparison groups: children with similar, severe SCD and children with milder disease risk defined by SCD genotype. For this study, 67 children with SCD between the ages of 8 and 18 completed the self-report Pediatric Quality of Life Sickle Cell Disease module (PedsQL SCD) as part of a pilot clinical program during routine hematologic visits. A medical chart review was also performed. Linear regression suggested that children in the CRCT group had significantly higher self-reported HRQL ratings for domains related to pain, F 2,64 =4.07 (P=0.022) and pain-related functioning, F 2,64 =4.32 (P=0.017), compared with children with similar and milder disease risk. Exploratory analyses implied that children in the CRCT group also had fewer worries about SCD-related complications, F 3,63 =9.68 (P<0.001). These patient-perceived benefits of CRCT may have important implications for treatment decisions and for providing ancillary support for children with SCD and their families.
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  • Maxwell SL; Schlenz AM; Kanter J
  • Start Page

  • 307
  • End Page

  • 312
  • Volume

  • 41
  • Issue

  • 4