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Program Evaluation of a Class Addressing Psychosocial Topics in Preparation for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: a Brief Report

Program Evaluation of a Class Addressing Psychosocial Topics in Preparation for Hematopoietic... Patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and their caregivers can experience psychosocial complications pre-, during, and post-transplant. To meet the needs of the most patients and caregivers, a class was developed to prepare patients and caregivers to prevent and manage common psychosocial challenges. We evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of the class over a 5-month pilot period. Attendance in this class became part of standard pre-transplant care. Attendees were invited to complete a questionnaire (Likert-scale and open-ended questions) to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of this class. Data were collected over a 5-month period. Descriptive analysis was completed. Patients (n = 41) and caregivers (n = 40) were satisfied to very satisfied with the class. Patients (80%) and caregivers (65%) reported that the class met their expectations, with several describing it as worthwhile and informative. Information relating to finances and benefits were considered most helpful, followed by emotional support resources. Patients (73%) and caregivers (93%) reported that they would recommend the class to others. This education class should be provided as early as possible to ensure that psychosocial needs are addressed. Future research initiatives include further assessing the perspectives of patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders; evaluating delivery methods; and collaborating with other centers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Cancer Education Springer Journals

Program Evaluation of a Class Addressing Psychosocial Topics in Preparation for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: a Brief Report

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © American Association for Cancer Education 2021
ISSN
0885-8195
eISSN
1543-0154
DOI
10.1007/s13187-021-02078-z
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Abstract

Patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and their caregivers can experience psychosocial complications pre-, during, and post-transplant. To meet the needs of the most patients and caregivers, a class was developed to prepare patients and caregivers to prevent and manage common psychosocial challenges. We evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of the class over a 5-month pilot period. Attendance in this class became part of standard pre-transplant care. Attendees were invited to complete a questionnaire (Likert-scale and open-ended questions) to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of this class. Data were collected over a 5-month period. Descriptive analysis was completed. Patients (n = 41) and caregivers (n = 40) were satisfied to very satisfied with the class. Patients (80%) and caregivers (65%) reported that the class met their expectations, with several describing it as worthwhile and informative. Information relating to finances and benefits were considered most helpful, followed by emotional support resources. Patients (73%) and caregivers (93%) reported that they would recommend the class to others. This education class should be provided as early as possible to ensure that psychosocial needs are addressed. Future research initiatives include further assessing the perspectives of patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders; evaluating delivery methods; and collaborating with other centers.

Journal

Journal of Cancer EducationSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 1, 2023

Keywords: Hematopoietic cell transplantation; HCT; Psychosocial; Group education

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