Treatment of anemia in patients with HIV infection, Part 1: The need for adequate guidelines

Richard S. Ferri, Anthony Adinolfi, Allen J. Orsi, David J. Sterken, Jeannie C. Keruly, Sheila Davis, Richard C. MacIntyre

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Abstract

Anemia in HIV-infected individuals, still a common hematologic complication in the highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) era, is associated with shortened survival, increases in the rate of disease progression, and reduction in quality of life. Based on a thorough review of the literature, guidelines were developed for the assessment, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of anemia in patients with HIV/AIDS by a consensus committee consisting of nurses from academia and clinical practice. A major goal of this committee is to increase awareness within the nursing community of the prevalence of anemia in HIV-infected patients and its impact on their lives. Anemia developed in close to 90% of HIV-infected patients before the introduction of HAART, and it is still found in up to 46% of patients in the HAART era. Another goal is to encourage screening for anemia and the adaptation of a proposed classification system of anemia based on a graded decrease in hemoglobin levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-51
Number of pages13
JournalThe Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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