Uncertain crisis time affects psychosocial dimensions in beta-thalassemia patients during Covid-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study

Chiara Cerami, Gaia Chiara Santi, Irene Sammartano, Zelia Borsellino, Liana Cuccia, Giovan Battista Ruffo, Chiara Crespi

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Abstract

Psychosocial variables are key factors influencing the delicate equilibrium of chronic patients during crisis time. In this study, we explored distress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, coping strategies, and changes in life habits in 43 beta-thalassemia patients and 86 controls during Covid-19 pandemic. Patients showed higher anxiety levels and a predominant transcendent coping profile compared to controls. Patients significantly differed from controls in outdoor habits. Social isolation and habits changes in uncertain life-threaten situations as Covid-19 pandemic are particularly detrimental in fragile beta-thalassemia patients. Structured support interventions are needed to promote well-being in the Covid-19 era.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13591053211049942
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Oct 22 2021

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