Factors Affecting Health-Related Quality of Life among Paediatric Patients with Thalassemia: A Review of Literature

Wan Adnan Wan-Nor-Asyikeen, Ab Hamid Siti-Azrin, Maryam Mohd Zulkifli, Bin Alwi Zilfalil

Abstract


Thalassaemia is a hereditary blood disorder that is becoming a major health problem all over the world. This chronic illness harms the quality of life of the sufferers by interrupting their physical activities, school performance and social life. Hence, this review takes aim to assess the factors affecting the quality of life of thalassaemia among paediatrics patients. A comprehensive electronic search was conducted by using PubMed, Google Scholar and Science Direct. The search was limited to those articles written in English language and by using Pediatrics Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQLTM) 4.0 generic core scale questionnaire only. This review notifies emerging knowledge regarding the factors affecting the quality of life among thalassaemia patients and its implications in the essential core domains for paediatrics health-related quality of life measurements: physical, emotional, social and school functioning. It also empowers a better understanding regarding thalassaemia and assists as a foundation for the development of the effective preventive strategies for it.

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Keywords


Thalassaemia; Paediatric; Factors; Quality of Life; Review

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