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A clinical pharmacist-based screening for depression in children with transfusion-dependent thalassemia in Malaysia


1 Pharmacy Department, Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Kedah, Malaysia
2 Clinical Research Center, Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Kedah, Malaysia

Date of Web Publication22-May-2017

Correspondence Address:
Huan-Keat Chan,
Clinical Research Center, Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, 05460 Alor Setar, Kedah
Malaysia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

  Abstract 


An understanding of the psychosocial problems in pediatric patients with thalassemia is crucial, as depression has been shown to affect their adherence to long-term treatment including iron-chelating agents. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of depression in children and adolescents with transfusion-dependent thalassemia through screening by a pharmacist in a tertiary care center. Of the 63 participants screened using the Children Depression Inventory (CDI), 19% (n = 12) were identified to have depression. The finding is consistent with those of the previous studies, suggesting that pharmacists could play a role in identifying the depressed patients by using a validated tool, refer them to physicians for clinical diagnosis, and make recommendations to change or modify the treatment if necessary.

Keywords: Adolescent, child, depression, pharmacists, thalassemia



How to cite this URL:
Ng SY, Chan HK. A clinical pharmacist-based screening for depression in children with transfusion-dependent thalassemia in Malaysia. Arch Pharma Pract [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2017 Dec 17]. Available from: http://www.archivepp.com/preprintarticle.asp?id=206678

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