Witkop M, Wang M, Hernandez G, Recht M, Baumann K, Cooper DL. Impact of haemophilia on patients with mild-to-moderate disease: results from the P-FiQ and B-HERO-S studies . Haemophilia. 2021;27(Suppl. 1): 8-16. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/hae.14251 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hae.14251
Epidemiologic studies suggest that joint bleeding occurs in patients with mild?to?moderate haemophilia, including women and girls. However, most previous studies on the impacts of haemophilia focus on men with severe disease.
To identify unmet needs in men and women with mild?to?moderate haemophilia.
The Pain, Functional Impairment, and Quality of Life (P?FiQ) study assessed the impact of pain on functional impairment and health?related quality of life in men with haemophilia A or B of any severity. The Bridging Hemophilia B Experiences, Results and Opportunities Into Solutions (B?HERO?S) study evaluated the psychosocial needs of adults and children with haemophilia B of any severity, including women and girls. Both studies employed patient?reported outcome measures.
In the P?FiQ study, 16% (62/381) of participants had mild and 13% (50/381) had moderate haemophilia. In the B?HERO?S study, 29% (86/299) of adult participants were female, 25% (74/299) had mild haemophilia, and 63% (189/299) had moderate haemophilia. In addition, 63% (46/74) of patients with mild and 86% (162/189) of patients with moderate haemophilia routinely infused factor products to prevent bleeding. Patients reported difficulty gaining access to factor products (54%; 142/263) and a haemophilia treatment centre (17%; 44/263). During the P?FiQ study, 78% (48/62) of patients with mild and 87% (44/50) with moderate haemophilia described problems with pain on the Brief Pain Inventory. Patients also reported issues with anxiety, depression and relationships.
Mild?to?moderate haemophilia has physical and psychosocial impacts on patients. We offer some solutions to help alleviate these impacts and resolve unmet needs.