Patients' experiences of different care settings and a new life situation after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Cancer Care, ISSN 0961-5423, E-ISSN 1365-2354Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Over the past 20 years, considerable healthcare resources have shifted from an inpatient to an outpatient setting. To be in an outpatient setting or at home after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) has been shown to be medically safe and beneficial to the patient. In this study we describe patients' experiences of different care settings (hospital or home) and a new life situation during the acute post-transplant phase after HSCT. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 patients (six women and nine men) 29-120 days after HSCT. An inductive qualitative content analysis was performed to analyse the data. The analysis resulted in four categories: To be in a safe place, To have a supportive network, My way of taking control, and My uncertain return to normality. The findings showed that patients undergoing HSCT felt medically safe regardless of the care setting. The importance of a supportive network (i.e. the healthcare team, family and friends) was evident for all patients. Both emotional and problem-focused strategies were used to cope with an uncertain future. Being at home had some positive advantages, including freedom, having the potential for more physical activity, and being with family members. The study highlights some key areas thought to provide more personalised care after HSCT.
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acute post-transplant phase, allogeneic stem cell transplantation, content analysis, home care, hospital care, patient experiences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2342DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12672PubMedID: 28252234OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-2342DiVA: diva2:1078413