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Treatment trends for haemophilia A and haemophilia B in the United States: results from the 2010 practice patterns survey


Susan Zappa RN, CPN, Cook Children’s Medical Center, 901 7th Avenue Suite 220 Fort Worth, TX 76110, USA.
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Summary.  Frequent evaluation of haemophilia treatment is necessary to improve patient care. The 2010 Practice Patterns Survey (PPS) investigated current trends in haemophilia treatment in the United States, as reported by nurses. The aim was to document practice patterns for haemophilia A and haemophilia B Survey questionnaires were sent to nurses at haemophilia treatment centres (HTCs) across the United States. Seventy-one of 126 HTCs (56%) responded to the survey. Factor dosage across treatment modalities ranged from 20 to 50 IU kg-1 for severe haemophilia A. Dosage for severe haemophilia B was more variable (<40 to >100 IU kg-1). On-demand dosing regimens were inconsistent for haemophilia A and more so for haemophilia B. Rates of adherence to prescribed treatment were similar for both haemophilia types (∼80%). The main barrier to adherence was identified as inconvenience. More bleeding episodes occurred in adults (16.6 bleeding episodes per year) with severe haemophilia A than in younger patients (11.3 bleeding episodes per year) before switching patients to prophylaxis. For both haemophilia types, most patients who switched from prophylaxis to on-demand treatment were aged 13–24 years; these patients also had the lowest adherence (60–71%). More paediatric patients with severe haemophilia A and inhibitors (53%) received prophylactic bypassing therapy than their haemophilia B counterparts (38%). Adults with severe haemophilia A faced challenges in relation to co-morbidities and long-term care. This PPS provides insights into previously unexplored aspects of haemophilia care that will serve to increase awareness and promote discussion of current issues affecting haemophilia patient care.