The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) supports the development of comprehensive outcome measures for the treatment of bleeding disorders and their complications, with the goal of improving the quality of care for individuals with congenital bleeding disorders. Towards this end, the NHF endorses the efforts of persons and families affected with hemophilia as well as hemophilia treatment centers to encourage participation in the CDC-sponsored outcome instrument, the Universal Data Collection (UDC) project.
In addition to the ongoing UDC, the NHF supports continued efforts to develop better instruments to measure hemophilia outcomes such as assessments of joint structure and function, quality of life, and school functioning.
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