The meaning of adolescents' eating experiences during bone marrow transplant recovery

Journal Article

Bone marrow transplant (BMT) is a common treatment option for adolescents with various diseases; however, the aggressive therapy often causes significant side effects that can lead to poor eating. There is little documentation of eating experiences and necessary support needed after the initial BMT hospitalization. This phenomenological study, guided by Martin Heidegger's philosophical influences, revealed the meaning of adolescents' eating experiences, eating strategies, and the impact of eating on the adolescents' quality of life during the first 100 days post-BMT. Individual interviews were conducted at 50 and 100 days post-BMT. Data analysis used the hermeneutic circle and revealed 5 themes. Adolescents discussed the slow return of eating, barriers that affected their eating, personal eating strategies, significance of eating, and feelings regarding eating. Eating issues do not end when a BMT patient is discharged from the hospital, and caregivers need to have a better understanding of the ongoing issues affecting adolescents throughout the BMT recovery phase. © 2010 by Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rodgers, C; Young, A; Hockenberry, M; Binder, B; Symes, L

Published Date

  • 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 65 - 72

PubMed ID

  • 20176916

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1043-4542

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1043454209355984