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The Effect of Red Blood Cell Transfusion on Fatigue, Activity, and Fatigability in Hospitalized Patients with Anemia

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Gleacher Center

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Chicago, IL 60611

Recent shifts in practice towards restrictive transfusion strategies in hospitalized patients with anemia have been made without clear and convincing evidence concerning the potential adverse effects on fatigue and functional outcomes. This is important because anemia increases the tendency to become fatigued at any given level of activity (fatigability), increasing fatigue and decreasing activity, which may ultimately impair functional outcomes. Given this, the goals of transfusion may include reducing fatigability, minimizing fatigue and increasing activity, which should be expected to improve functional outcomes. Thus, data on the effects of transfusion on fatigue, activity, and fatigability could inform the design of new transfusion strategies that may improve patient outcomes. One example is symptom-driven transfusion, in which patients would be transfused based on their symptoms, such as fatigue.

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MSc in Biomedical Informatics