Quality of life after an allogeneic bone marrow transplantation: the patient's point of view.

Recent progress in bone marrow transplantation (BMT) has dramatically improved the prognosis of otherwise fatal hematological diseases. These better results allow more and more patients to resume a normal life after a BMT. However, for some of them the quality of life is different after undergoing a BMT. In order to evaluate the changes that the patients have experienced in their lives, a questionnaire was sent to 90 adult patients. These patients were treated with a BMT between January 1984 and December 1989. Among the 49 answers received, 26 were from male patients and 23 from female patients. After the BMT, 65% felt that they resumed a normal life whereas 35% did not share this feeling. The lack of physical strength was the more often mentioned handicap. Following the BMT, 55% of the patients worked again after a mean time of 16 months. Among the working patients, 60% obtained satisfaction from their work. To the last question: "Based upon your experience, would you again choose to be treated with a BMT?" only one patient answered no. To conclude this survey, we showed that among the patients who answered the questionnaire a majority felt positive about the outcome of their BMT.
AuthorsJ P Claisse, I Hirsch, E Gluckman
JournalNouvelle revue franc╠žaise d'he╠ümatologie (Nouv Rev Fr Hematol) Vol. 36 Suppl 1 Pg. S83-4 ( 1994) GERMANY
PMID8177723 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
  • Adult
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality of Life
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Transplantation, Homologous

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