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Table 2 Frequency of Reports of Primary Conceptual Categories and Sub-Categories from ITP Focus Groups

From: Impact of chronic Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) on health-related quality of life: a conceptual model starting with the patient perspective

  OK NY CA   N = 15 (%)*
a. Signs and Symptoms     14 (93%)  
Fatigue + - +   14 (93)
Bleeding + + +   8 (53)
Bruising + + +   8 (53)
Other + + +   8 (53)
b. Treatment Effects     13 (87)  
Steroids + + +   13 (87)
Other treatments + + +   8 (53)
c. Emotional Health     14 (93)  
Fear, stress & anxiety + + +   11 (73)
Relationships + + +   7 (47)
Depression, isolation, & loss of control + + +   7 (47)
Mood & self-consciousness + + +   7 (47)
d. Functional Health     13 (87)  
Daily activities + + +   11 (73)
Sleep + + +   9 (60)
Changes in lifestyle + + +   7 (47)
e. Work     13 (87)  
Absences + + +   10 (67)
Changes in attitudes - + +   5 (33)
Career advancement + + +   3 (33)
Productivity + + +   4 (27)
f. Social and Leisure     10 (67)  
Sports/exercise/physical activity + + +   5 (33)
Leisure activities + + +   5 (33)
Social Stigma + - +   4 (27)
Travel + + +   3 (20)
g. Reproductive Health     10 (67)  
Sex + + +   9 (60)
Women's reproductive issues + + +   8 (53)
  1. + = theme present in focus group
  2. - = theme not present in focus group
  3. * based on data from OK and CA focus groups only