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Psychological Distress and Coping Strategies among Parents of Beta- Thalassemia Major Patients

Author: Shazia Ali, Fazaila Sabih+, Sarwat Jehan, Masood Anwar and Sabira Javed
Department of Physiology Islamic International Medical CollegePeshawar Road Rawalpindi, Pakistan


β-Thalassemia major is a disorder characterized by defective production of hemoglobin and
excessive destruction of red blood cells. The usual treatment consists of periodic blood transfusions that can
cause iron overload within tissues. Parents of thalassemic patients not only have concerns regarding their
children’s goal, expectation and standard of life but, also the impact of diagnosis and treatment on family
stability and family dynamics. The present study focuses on psychological well being of parents of
thalassemic patients.