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Immune thrombocytopenia: improving quality of life and patient outcomes

Authors Trotter P, Hill QA

Received 25 August 2018

Accepted for publication 19 October 2018

Published 27 November 2018 Volume 2018:9 Pages 369—384


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Robert Howland

Patrick Trotter,1,2 Quentin A Hill3

1Department of Surgery, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK; 2National Health Service Blood and Transplant, Organ Donation and Transplant Directorate, Bristol, UK; 3Department of Haematology, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK

Abstract: Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an immune-mediated disorder characterized by a reduced platelet count and patients may develop bruising or mucosal bleeding. Since 2003, generic health-related quality of life (HRQoL) measures have been applied and ITP-specific measures developed, alongside trials of novel therapeutic agents. These have identified significant morbidity in patients with ITP, including fatigue, fear of bleeding and a negative impact on role, social and work activities. This review critically evaluates HRQoL data in adults and children with ITP. It also considers the impact of treatment and how patient-reported outcomes might be applied to care to optimize patients’ quality of life.

immune thrombocytopenia, quality of life, fatigue, eltrombopag, romiplostim, bleeding, SF-36, KIT, depression, ITP-PAQ

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