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Health-related quality of life, symptom distress and sense of coherence in adult survivors of allogeneic stem-cell transplantation
Department of Nursing Department of Haematology, Karolinska Institutet Nursing Care Research and Development Unit, Huddinge University Hospital.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0622-7794
2001 (English)In: European Journal of Cancer Care, ISSN 0961-5423, E-ISSN 1365-2354, ISSN 0961-5423, Vol. 10, no 2, 124-130 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This is the first Swedish study to evaluate the health-related quality of life and sense of coherence in adult survivors of allogeneic, haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Twenty-five recipients completed three questionnaires 2-4 years after the transplantation. The questionnaires used were the Sickness Impact Profile (SIP), the Symptom Frequency Intensity and Distress (SFID-BMT) scale and the Sense of Coherence (SOC) scale measuring subjective functional status, symptom distress and coping ability. Impairments in functional status were found, as compared with a population norm. The most common impairments were found in the areas of social interaction and sleep and rest. Eye problems, dry mouth, cough, sexual problems, tiredness, anxiety and changes of taste were symptoms reported by more than half of the patients. Despite impaired functioning and a high incidence of symptoms, the general health was described as quite good or excellent by 80% (n = 20) of the patients. The majority (20/22) had also been able to return to work or to attend school. No difference in the sense of coherence was seen, as compared with the population norm. Functional impairments were significantly correlated to a lower degree of sense of coherence.

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Oxford, 2001. Vol. 10, no 2, 124-130 p.
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cancer survivors, quality of life, stem cell transplantation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-389DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2354.2001.00251.xPubMedID: 11829045OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-389DiVA: diva2:557141
Available from: 2012-09-27 Created: 2012-09-27 Last updated: 2015-10-26Bibliographically approved

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