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2024. Caregiver-reported symptom burden and preferences for therapeutic goals in pediatric primary sclerosing cholangitis

Authors: Holly Payton ShifmanJoanne HatchettRuth-Anne PaiRicky SaferRachel GomelMary VyasMichael LiJennifer C. LaiSharad I. Wadhwani

Journal: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 20 June 2024. Article Link

Abstract: This study analyzed qualitative and quantitative survey responses from 51 pediatric primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) patients and caregivers using the PSC Partners Patient Registry–Our Voices survey. The most common symptoms reported by children/caregivers include: fatigue (71%), abdominal pain (69%), anxiety (59%), appetite loss (51%), insomnia (49%), and pruritus (45%). When experiencing symptoms at their worst, over half of patients/caregivers reported limitations in physically demanding activities (67%), work/school duties (63%), social life activities (55%), and activities for fun or exercise (53%). Over half of patients/caregivers expressed willingness to participate in clinical trials, however none reported ever participating in trials for new or investigational PSC drugs. This study revealed a substantial patient/caregiver-reported symptom burden for children with PSC that impacts quality of life and limits access to clinical trials. Future efforts should focus on developing patient-centered clinical endpoints for PSC trials, increasing trial availability for pediatric PSC patients, and reducing logistical barriers to trial involvement.

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