Providers’ Perspectives on Treating Patients With Thalassemia
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Providers’ Perspectives on Treating Patients With Thalassemia

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      J Pediatr Hematol Oncol
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      In recent years, California has experienced a steady rise in Asian immigration which has led to a corresponding increased prevalence of clinically significant thalassemia in this state. As part of the Public Health Research, Education and Surveillance for Hemoglobinopathies emoglobinopathies project, a survey was developed to collect information from California providers who care for thalassemia patients in an effort to better understand their practice patterns, barriers to providing care, and educational needs. When asked about educational needs, providers most frequently expressed a desire for care and management guidelines (65.3%), health educational materials for patients (47.2%), and information on complications and clinical outcomes (32.1%). Only one quarter of providers (24.0%) reported that all of their thalassemia patients have a coordinated care plan. The increase in California thalassemia cases highlights the importance of provider knowledge to effectively serve the patients in their communities. Provider education and dissemination of treatment standards can not only improve knowledge about the disease but also increase awareness about the importance of coordinating care among a multidisciplinary team of specialists. Improvement in these areas will help achieve the overarching goal of better outcomes and quality of life for patients with thalassemia.
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