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Standard of Care for Psychological Assessment of Patients Undergoing Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Brooke E. Trigiani

Carolee Polek

alloHSCT, psychological assessment, psychological distress, quality of life
CJON 2024, 28(1), 71-78. DOI: 10.1188/24.CJON.71-78

Background: Comprehensive care prior to allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) can improve patient outcomes, yet psychological assessment prior to transplantation has been overlooked as a standard of care.

Objectives: This review summarizes the evidence on psychological assessment for patients undergoing alloHSCT and explores the impact of psychological distress and/or psychological disorders on clinical outcomes and overall survival.

Methods: A literature search was conducted using PubMed®, CINAHL®, Embase®, and PsycINFO® for studies focused on psychological screening of patients in the alloHSCT population.

Findings: alloHSCT is associated with patient psychological distress and disorders, which can result in negative outcomes such as poorer quality of life and overall survival. Future studies implementing a validated instrument for psychological assessment may allow for early identification of vulnerable patients undergoing alloHSCT and interventions, which may improve overall outcomes.

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