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Cincinnati Children’s provides outpatient care for hemophilia patients through the Comprehensive Care Clinic and Transition Clinic.
The Hemophilia Center at Cincinnati Children’s holds a weekly Comprehensive Care Clinic, providing extensive diagnostic services and ongoing medical care for patients with hemophilia. This clinic allows us to perform routine health evaluations, assess joint health, conduct periodic blood studies and answer any questions families may have. If necessary, we can schedule follow-up appointments outside of clinic hours.
During clinic visits, children are seen by a hematologist, nurses, a health educator, a dentist, a physical therapist, a social worker and a financial counselor. A summary of the child’s medical visit is sent to the patient’s referring physician.
We take a comprehensive approach during clinic visits, including taking time to help patients address concerns such as how to be physically active, how to enjoy certain activities safely and which types of careers are best suited to people with hemophilia.
Comprehensive Care Clinic appointments are usually scheduled every six to 12 months. Patients with special issues, such as frequent joint bleeds, may need to be seen more frequently.
The Hemophilia Center also offers a monthly Transition Clinic. In addition to providing medical care, physicians and nurses at the clinic help patients transition to the adult care setting and also help them address concerns about how to manage their condition as they enter college and the workplace.
The Transition Clinic team includes Joseph E. Palascak, MD, director of the University of Cincinnati Hospital Hemophilia Clinic. Patients meet with him and with the clinic’s nurse coordinator and adult care social worker. When ready, patients transition to an adult care setting. Some remain with the Transition Clinic for several months, and some for a year or longer.
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