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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Interventions for Patients and Caregivers to Improve Knowledge of Sickle Cell Disease and Recognition of Its Related Complications

Description of Resource: 
Life for individuals with sickle cell disease can be affected by repeated acute complications and compounded by progressive organ damage. Studies show that when people with chronic illness learn self-management, their clinical outcomes and quality of life improves and they show lower dependence on healthcare services. This Cochran systematic review identifies important positive effects of educational interventions to improve patient knowledge of sickle cell disease and depression. Effects on patients' knowledge were maintained for longer than for caregivers.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Library
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Blood Disorders and Blood Safety
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Asnani MR, Quimby KR, Bennett NR, Francis DK. Interventions for patients and caregivers to improve knowledge of sickle cell disease and recognition of its related complications. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD011175. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011175.pub2. Available from: