Annals of Hematology

, Volume 89, Supplement 1, pp 51–54 | Cite as

Health-related quality of life outcomes for patients with immune thrombocytopenic purpura

  • Robert J. Klaassen
  • Nancy L. Young
Management Endpoints


Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a rare disease with infrequent serious bleeding making clinical trials difficult. One solution to this problem is to use alternative outcome measures such as health-related quality of life (HRQL). This review describes the various HRQL tools available to researchers including measures that are generic (applicable to many different disease types) and disease-specific measures developed explicitly for ITP specifically detailing the Kids' ITP Tools and the ITP-patient administered questionnaire. This review describes how incorporating HRQL tools such as these will allow researchers to move forward and do methodologically sound research.


Purpura Thrombocytopenic Idiopathic Quality of life Outcome measures 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of PediatricsChildren’s Hospital of Eastern OntarioOttawaCanada
  2. 2.School of Rural and Northern HealthLaurentian UniversitySudburyCanada

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