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The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 72, Issue 7, pp 567–571 | Cite as

Quality of life in children with sickle cell hemoglobinopathy

  • Archana B. PatelEmail author
  • Habib G. Pathan
Original Article

Abstract

Objective: To identify specific domains and traits that are most affected in patients with sickle cell anemia and traits with respect to normal children.Methods: Children attending the regional hemoglobinopathy center at IGMC, Nagpur in age group of 8–14 years were assessed. Of 52 children studied, 25 had sickle cell anemia (SCA), 12 had sickle cell trait (SCT) and 15 wre normal control. The (quality of life (QOL) was assessed using multidimensional interview based questionnaire.Results: All domains, physical, psychosocial, cognitive and morbidity were affected. In SCA playing and mobility were most affected. There was feeling of sadness or disinterest and lack of support from teachers. The school attendance, vocational achievement perception, entertainment and participation in cultural activities were also affected. The intensity of weakness and pain was greater in SCA children who left that they were affected by a major illness. The unusual finding was that the SCT children also showed affection of all domains as compared to normal children, which was perhaps due to the stigma of the disease.Conclusion: QOL is affected in children with sickle cell disease (SCD) and to a lesser extent in SCT. Interventions to improve QOL should target the affected items. Improving awareness of the disease and its manifestation will help to alleviate the psychosocial affliction of children with SCT

Key words

Quality of life Sickle cell anemia Scale 

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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indira Gandhi Medical CollegeNagpur

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