Home-based immunoglobulin infusion therapy: Quality of life and patient health perceptions

P. B. Daly, J. H. Evans, R. H. Kobayashi, A. L. Kobayashi, H. D. Ochs, S. H. Fischer, B. Pirofsky, C. Sprouse

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Abstract

Thirty-seven antibody-deficient patients who were participating in a multicenter trial evaluating home-based, self-administered IVIG therapy anonymously completed questionnaires regarding beliefs concerning health control, quality of life, and attitudes toward active participation in medical care. Their responses were compared with a group of 29 patients undergoing traditional IVIG therapy in a medical clinic setting. A subsample of the home-based group who later returned to clinic-based IVIG therapy allowed comparison of responses given by the same patients in both settings. Home-based therapy was preferred to clinic-based therapy. Independence, convenience, comfort, decreased disruption of activities, travel time, and costs were specific factors rated most favorably. On the Health Belief Questionnaires, patients preferred informed, self-involved medical care regardless of the setting for their IVIG treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-510
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Allergy
Volume67
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy

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    Daly, P. B., Evans, J. H., Kobayashi, R. H., Kobayashi, A. L., Ochs, H. D., Fischer, S. H., Pirofsky, B., & Sprouse, C. (1991). Home-based immunoglobulin infusion therapy: Quality of life and patient health perceptions. Annals of Allergy, 67(5), 504-510.