Patients' attitudes regarding out-of-hospital blood transfusion.
BACKGROUND: While the administration of blood transfusions outside of the hospital has become more prevalent, little is known about patients' attitudes regarding this practice. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Twenty-nine adult patients who regularly received blood transfusions in a hospital's outpatient clinic and had never received home transfusions were surveyed. Linear analogue and categorical monetary scales were used to evaluate their responses to a series of questions. RESULTS: At the time of the survey, 27 study participants (93%) did not want home transfusions, and 21 (72%) thought home transfusions posed a greater risk than hospital based transfusion. More than half (56%) of the participants were unwilling to pay more for a home transfusion for themselves than for an outpatient hospital-based transfusion. Participants were willing to pay more for a home blood transfusion for a hypothetical patient requesting transfusions at home. The lack of available transportation and poor patient health were identified as important factors in determining how much more they would be willing to pay for transfusions at home. CONCLUSION: While blood transfusions at home may become more accessible, many patients may prefer to receive their transfusions in the hospital, probably because home transfusions are thought to pose a greater risk. A patient's health and the availability of transportation were determined to be important factors in decisions about how much more money to spend for transfusions at home than for those in an outpatient hospital setting.
Benson, K; Balducci, L; Milo, KM; Heckel, L; Lyman, GH
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