J Haem Pract 2015; 2(2):22-23. doi: 10.17225/jhp00056

Authors: Nicola Dunn

Nicola Dunn
Family therapist
Katharine Dormandy Haemophilia Centre & Thrombosis Unit, Ground floor, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG, UK. Email:


Staff at the Katharine Dormandy Haemophilia Centre pioneered a systemic family therapy model for haemophilia, in which reviews combined medical care and family counselling. That approach has now been extended to specialised joint clinics such as in orthopaedics, women’s and genetic counselling. This multidisciplinary team approach enables specialist clinicians to focus on what they do best while the family therapy team manages the psychological, practical and family issues, and supports patients to make difficult decisions regarding their care.




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