Patients' understanding of disease status and treatment plan at initial hematopoietic stem cell transplantation consultation.
Patients referred for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) often have knowledge deficits about their disease and overestimate their prognosis making it difficult initially to discuss potentially life-threatening transplant options. To determine patients' understanding of their disease and the adequacy of a 3-h consultation at our center, we developed a survey that measured perceived knowledge deficits of disease, prognosis, and emotional status before and after their initial consultation. Ninety nine consecutive eligible patients completed the survey. Although 76.7% claimed adequate information about their disease pre-HCST visit, 51.5 and 41.4% respectively lacked knowledge about their 1-year prognosis with and without any therapy. After the visit, 66.7% of the patients had obtained enough information to make an informed decision regarding HSCT versus 23.2% pre-visit, and a significant reduction in the need for further information was reported by 53.5% of patients (P
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Stiff, P. J., Miller, L. A., Mumby, P., Kiley, K., Batiste, R., Porter, N., Potocki, K., Volle, M., Lichtenstein, S., Wojtowicz, S., Zakrzewski, S., Toor, A., & Rodriguez, T. (2006). Patients' understanding of disease status and treatment plan at initial hematopoietic stem cell transplantation consultation. Bone marrow transplantation, 37(5), 479–484. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bmt.1705264
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine, Hematology-Medical Oncology Division