Dynamic assessment of quality of life after autologous bone marrow transplantation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

To determine the quality of life in adult patients after autologous bone marrow transplantation (BMT), we administered a questionnaire to a cohort of patients seen at a single referral-based center. The sample included adults 18 years and older during the 1 year following an autologous BMT. Both disease-free patients and those who relapsed with 1-year of follow-up data available were included. Of 59 eligible patients, 58 (98%) responded to the questionnaire. Patients completed a telephone questionnaire administered by a nurse specialist in the field of BMT approximately every 90 days. At the time of initial contact on day +90, the mean quality of life was 7.8 (range, 1 to 10) on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. By the end of the first year of follow-up, the mean quality of life was 8.9 (range, 3 to 10). Seventy-eight percent of the patients were employed. Twenty-one percent lost weight during the first year, with the majority reporting voluntary weight loss. Fourteen percent reported difficulties with sexual activity. Only 5% reported difficulty with sleeping or with frequent colds. One patient felt that her appearance was worse, and none of the patients reported a poor appetite. Eighty-eight percent of surviving adult patients reported an above-average to excellent quality of life 1 year following autologous BMT. This outcome is encouraging and suggests that this procedure is not associated with long-term morbidity in the surviving adult patient.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chao, NJ; Tierney, DK; Bloom, JR; Long, GD; Barr, TA; Stallbaum, BA; Wong, RM; Negrin, RS; Horning, SJ; Blume, KG

Published Date

  • August 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 80 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 825 - 830

PubMed ID

  • 1638031

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-4971


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States