Addressing adherence to treatment: a longstanding concern. The health care professional

  • Farrukh Shah | farrukh.shah@nhs.net Department of Haematology, Whittington Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Today a patient born with thalassaemia major can expect to have a near normal life expectancy and remain free of complications of iron overload with good monitoring and excellent transfusion and chelation regimes. Unfortunately patients still develop complications as a consequence of iron overload including endocrinopathies and cardiac failure. The main reason behind this failure of effective treatment is inadequate treatment. This can be due to either clinician related factors, patient related factors or lack of adequate provision of medicines and services. In this short paper I will highlight where the challenges lie with regards adherence to treatment and suggest approaches to manage this.

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Published
2014-12-04
Keywords:
thalassaemia, iron overload, transfusion, chelation regimes, endocrinopathies, cardiac failure.
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How to Cite
Shah, F. (2014). Addressing adherence to treatment: a longstanding concern. The health care professional. Thalassemia Reports, 4(3). https://doi.org/10.4081/thal.2014.4864