Table 2.

Changes of quality-of-life indicators between onset (mean hemoglobin 10.2 g/dl) and after 6 mo (mean hemoglobin 12.5 g/dl)a

Indicator Mean (SD) Median P Valueb
SIP Physical Dimension
baseline 5.4 (1.2) 3.3 <0.005
final 4.1 (1.12) 1.2
SIP Psychosocial Dimension
baseline 9.2 (1.8) 6.8 <0.001
final 7 (1.7) 4.6
SIP Global score
baseline 8.9 (1.39) 7.9 <0.001
final 7.25 (1.3) 5.5
Karnofsky scale
baseline 75.6 (2.7) 80 <0.01
final 78.4 (2.8) 80
  • a Lower scores mean better quality of life on the SIP. Higher scores mean better quality of life on the Karnofsky scale. SIP, Sickness Impact Profile.

  • b Wilcoxon signed rank test.