Journal article

Experiences and unmet needs of family members requested to donate haematopoietic stem cells to an ill relative: findings from a prospective multi-centre study

Nienke Zomerdijk, Jane Turner, Geoffrey R Hill, David Gottlieb

SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Despite well-documented physical effects of haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) donation, far less attention has been focused on the psychosocial impact for family donors. This study aimed to better understand the psychosocial aspects of HSC donation by family members, focusing, in particular on their needs for information and supportive care. METHODS: Thirty-one adult HSC family donors from two clinical hospitals were interviewed before, during and 1 month after HSC donation. Interviews explored ambivalence, motivation, perceived pressure, preparedness, the donor-recipient relationship, information and support received and suggestions for improvement. RESULTS: Three main themes about..

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