A problem-solving education intervention in caregivers and patients during allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Margaret Bevans, Leslie Wehrlen, Kathleen Castro, Patricia Prince, Nonniekaye Shelburne, Karen Soeken, James Zabora, Gwenyth R. Wallen

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the effect of problem-solving education on self-efficacy and distress in informal caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation patients. Patient/caregiver teams attended three 1-hour problem-solving education sessions to help cope with problems during hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Primary measures included the Cancer Self-Efficacy Scale-transplant and Brief Symptom Inventory-18. Active caregivers reported improvements in self-efficacy (p < 0.05) and distress (p < 0.01) post-problem-solving education; caregiver responders also reported better health outcomes such as fatigue. The effect of problem-solving education on self-efficacy and distress in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation caregivers supports its inclusion in future interventions to meet the multifaceted needs of this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)602-617
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • behavioral medicine
  • cancer
  • coping
  • distress
  • family
  • health behavior
  • intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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