How life would be without thalassaemia: Patients’ perceptions

Christina Loizou, Constantinos N. Phellas, Stefan Beck, Maria Karekla, Michalis Talias, Soteroulla Christou, Natalia Michaelidou, Costas S. Constantinou

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This article focuses on the experiences of patients with thalassaemia in Cyprus. Through a qualitative study of 10 patients and their spouses, this paper shows that thalassaemia is a restricting experience due to blood transfusions and especially iron-chelation therapy, while without such a disease, patients would be better able to fulfil their goals in life. The research participants indicated that thalassaemia impacts on patients' personal identities and the fatigue and stigma that they often experience can cause disruption to their routine, social life, and leisure activities. The study was part of a larger quantitative study of the quality of life of patients with thalassaemia and was co-funded by the Republic of Cyprus and the European Regional Development Fund (EU).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-48
Number of pages18
JournalCyprus Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic illness experience
  • Cyprus
  • Thalassaemia


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