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Development of the Thalassaemia Adult Life Index (ThALI).

地中海贫血成人生活指数 (ThALI) 的发展。

  • 影响因子:2.66
  • DOI:10.1186/s12955-020-01437-6
  • 作者列表:"Kantaris X","Shevlin M","Porter J","Myers L
  • 发表时间:2020-06-12

BACKGROUND:Beta Thalassaemia Major (βTM) is a chronic genetic illness whereby the challenges faced by patients exposes them to increased risk of psychosocial issues. Despite this, a disease-specific tool to measure the impact of this illness on adult patients has yet to be developed. METHODS:In collaboration with βTM adult patients, this study aimed to develop a comprehensive, disease-specific, easy to use psychometrically sound tool to measure the impact of chelation and transfusion dependent βTM in a cross-cultural patient group in England.The Thalassaemia Life Index (ThALI) was developed in two stages - item generation and pre-testing and item reduction - in collaboration with service users. Recruited adult patients shaped the design of the instrument including its statements and subscales. Standard item reduction techniques were used to develop the instrument. RESULTS:The final version of the ThALI encompasses 35 statements and five sub-scales - general physical health, coping, body image, appearance and confidence, social relationships and autonomy. This endorses the multidimensionality of quality of life (QoL). The factor structure of the ThALI is highly stable and its internal consistency is high (alpha = 0.87 for the overall scale; 0.83-0.94 for its subscales). The ThALI has sound scaling assumptions, acceptability and score variability. Content validity was confirmed by experts and service user interviewees. The loadings for the items retained were adequate and the item discriminant validity sound. CONCLUSIONS:The ThALI covers the impact of βTM in adult patients. Preliminary testing shows its multidimensionality to be reliable and valid. The national authentication of the tool with patients treated in Centres of Excellence will aim to provide further evidence regarding the ThALI's psychometric properties. Once authenticated, the ThALI may be utilised in research and in clinical settings to assess the effects of new therapies and/or interventions from the patients' perspective to inform practice and/or to identify areas of concern.


背景: 重型 β 地中海贫血 (β tm) 是一种慢性遗传性疾病,患者面临的挑战使他们面临心理社会问题的风险增加。尽管如此,尚未开发一种特定于疾病的工具来测量这种疾病对成年患者的影响。 方法: 与 β tm成人患者合作,本研究旨在开发一种全面的,疾病特异性的,易于使用的心理测量工具,以测量英格兰跨文化患者群体中螯合和输血依赖性 β tm的影响。地中海贫血生活指数 (ThALI)与服务用户合作开发了两个阶段-项目生成和预测试以及项目缩减。招募的成年患者塑造了仪器的设计,包括其陈述和分量表。使用标准项目减少技术来开发仪器。 结果: ThALI的最终版本包括35个陈述和五个分量表-一般身体健康,应对,身体形象,外观和信心,社会关系和自主性。这赞同生活质量 (QoL) 的多维度。ThALI的因子结构是高度稳定的,并且其内部一致性是高的 (总体量表的 α   =   0.87; 其分量表的 α   = 0.83 0.94-)。ThALI具有合理的尺度假设、可接受性和分数变异性。内容有效性由专家和服务用户受访者确认。保留的项目的负载是足够的,并且项目判别有效性是正确的。 结论: ThALI涵盖了成人患者中 β tm的影响。初步测试表明其多维度是可靠和有效的。该工具在卓越中心接受治疗的患者的国家认证将旨在提供关于ThALI心理测量特性的进一步证据。一旦认证,ThALI可以在研究和临床环境中用于从患者的角度评估新疗法和/或干预的效果,以告知实践和/或确定关注的领域。



作者列表:["Yang J","Peng CF","Qi Y","Rao XQ","Guo F","Hou Y","He W","Wu J","Chen YY","Zhao X","Wang YN","Peng H","Wang D","Du L","Luo MY","Huang QF","Liu HL","Yin A"]

METHODS:BACKGROUND:Thalassemia is one of the most common monogenetic diseases in the south of China and Southeast Asia. Hemoglobin Bart's hydrops fetalis syndrome was caused by a homozygous Southeast Asian deletion (-/-) in the HBA gene. Few studies have proved the potential of screen for Bart's hydrops fetalis using fetal cell-free DNA. However, the number of cases is still relatively small. Clinical trials of large samples would be needed. OBJECTIVE:In this study, we aimed to develop a noninvasive method of target-captured sequencing and genotyping by the Bayesian method using cell-free fetal DNA to identify the fetal genotype in pregnant women who are at risk of having hemoglobin Bart hydrops fetalis in a large-scale study. STUDY DESIGN:In total, 192,173 couples from 30 hospitals were enrolled in our study and 878 couples were recruited, among whom both the pregnant women and their husbands were detected to be carriers of Southeast Asian type (-/αα) of α-thalassemia. Prenatal diagnosis was performed by chorionic villus sampling, amniocentesis, or cordocentesis using gap-polymerase chain reaction considered as the golden standard. RESULTS:As a result, we found that the sensitivity and specificity of our noninvasive method were 98.81% and 94.72%, respectively, in the training set as well as 100% and 99.31%, respectively, in the testing set. Moreover, our method could identify all of 885 maternal samples with the Southeast Asian carrier and 36 trisomy samples with 100% of sensitivity in T13, T18, and T21 and 99.89% (1 of 917) and 99.88% (1 of 888) of specificity in T18 and T21, respectively. CONCLUSION:Our method opens the possibility of early screening for maternal genotyping of α-thalassemia, fetal aneuploidies in chromosomes 13/18/21, and hemoglobin Bart hydrops fetalis detection in 1 tube of maternal plasma.

作者列表:["Suarez ML","Schlaeger JM","Angulo V","Shuey DA","Carrasco J","Roach KL","Ezenwa MO","Yao Y","Wang ZJ","Molokie RE","Wilkie DJ"]

METHODS:OBJECTIVES:Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a serious illness with disabling acute and chronic pain that needs better therapies, but insufficient patient participation in research is a major impediment to advancing SCD pain management. The purpose of this article is to discuss the challenges of conducting an SCD study and approaches to successfully overcoming those challenges. DESIGN:In a repeated-measures, longitudinal study designed to characterize SCD pain phenotypes, we recruited 311 adults of African ancestry. Adults with SCD completed 4 study visits 6 months apart, and age- and gender-matched healthy controls completed 1 visit. RESULTS:We recruited and completed measures on 186 patients with SCD and 125 healthy controls. We retained 151 patients with SCD with data at 4 time points over 18 months and 125 healthy controls (1 time point) but encountered many challenges in recruitment and study visit completion. Enrollment delays often arose from patients' difficulty in taking time from their complicated lives and frequent pain episodes. Once scheduled, participants with SCD cancelled 49% of visits often because of pain; controls canceled 30% of their scheduled visits. To facilitate recruitment and retention, we implemented a number of strategies that were invaluable in our success. CONCLUSION:Patients' struggles with illness, chronic pain, and their life situations resulted in many challenges to recruitment and completion of study visits. Important to overcoming challenges was gaining the trust of patients with SCD and a participant-centered approach. Early identification of potential problems allowed strategies to be instituted proactively, leading to success.

作者列表:["Mukherjee MB","Colah RB","Mehta PR","Shinde N","Jain D","Desai S","Dave K","Italia Y","Raicha B","Serrao E"]

METHODS:OBJECTIVES:Sickle cell anemia is the commonest genetic disorder in India, and the frequency of the sickle cell gene is very high in the remote tribal areas where facilities are generally limited. Therefore, a rapid and affordable point-of-care test for sickle cell disease is needed. METHODS:The diagnostic accuracy of HemoTypeSC was evaluated against automated high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) as the gold standard for its efficacy in a newborn screening program. RESULTS:A total of 1,559 individuals (980 newborns and 579 adults) from four participating centers were analyzed by both methods. HemoTypeSC correctly identified 209 of 211 total hemoglobin (Hb) SS cases, for a 99.1%/99.9% total HbSS sensitivity/specificity. Overall, HemoTypeSC exhibited sensitivity and specificity of 98.1% and 99.1% for all possible phenotypes (HbAA, HbAS, and HbSS) detected. HPLC is relatively expensive and not available in most laboratories in remote tribal areas. CONCLUSIONS:We conclude that the rapid, point-of-care testing device HemoTypeSC test is suitable for population and newborn screening for the HbS phenotype.

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