Knowledge, attitude and practice of health care providers toward prescribing factor replacement at federally funded haemophilia treatment centres in the United States
The Journal of Haemophilia Practice
AbstractFactor replacement is currently the standard of care to prevent or treat bleeding episodes in haemophilia patients. This study examined current prescribing practices of factor therapy for patients at haemophilia treatment centres (HTCs) in the United States.AimsThe aims were to evaluate the driving forces for prescribing factor products, to evaluate current attitudes and knowledge toward factor product and industry, and to discuss the implications for health care providers in
... thodsAn anonymous electronic survey was distributed to 744 HTC health care providers (HCPs); 118 responses were analysed.ResultsThe most common driving force for HCPs to change a patient's factor product was poor response to current therapy, while the most common perception of patients' motivation to switch products was the potential for fewer infusions. HCPs with strong influence over the prescribed therapy identified inadequate pharmacokinetic (PK) studies as an important driving force; patients/caregivers perceived as having a strong influence over which therapy is prescribed selected less frequent dosing as an important motivator. HCPs who allow patients/caregivers to have a strong influence over which factor is prescribed were more likely to cite patient/caregiver request as a significant driving force for change in therapy.ConclusionThe haemophilia treatment landscape continues to evolve and is becoming increasingly complex. The multitude of treatment options available now offer choices, presenting a need to focus on patient-centric prophylaxis.