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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2017 Jul-Aug;55(4):416-422.

[Perception of quality of life related with health and depression in patients with hemophilia].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Licenciatura en Psicología, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Estado de México, México.


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Hemophilia is a hemorrhagic disease characterized by the deficiency of either coagulation factor VIII or IX. It impacts negatively in people's quality of life and it causes side effects, such as depression. The objective was to describe and analyze the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and depression levels in a group of 50 pediatric patients with hemophilia (PPwH) and their parents. The specific objectives were: to analyze the correlation between HRQoL levels reported by patients and their parents, and to analyze the correlation between HRQoL levels and depression in PPwH.


Descriptive, cross-sectional and correlational study with a group of 50 PPwH and their parents. The Pediatric Life Quality Questionnaire [PedsQLTM 4.0] was completed by PPwH and their parents and the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) was answered only by PPwH.


The average age of PPwH was 10.66 years (SD = 2.61) and that of parents was 36.28 years (SD = 6.4). 82% suffered from hemophilia A and 70% suffered from severe hemophilia. 78% of participants felt at risk or at high risk with regards to their quality of life, and, concerning their depression levels, we found moderate symptoms in 54% and severe symptoms in 10%.


The HRQoL and depression levels we found are alarming. They show the importance of evaluating objective and subjective indicators; in addition, we emphasize the need of assisting the severe cases detected and suggest the activities to face these health issues.


Chronic disease; Depression; Hemophilia A; Hemophilia B; Psychology; Quality of life

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