Psychological distress among adult patients being evaluated for bone marrow transplantation

Frank Baker, Deborah Marcellus, James Zabora, Adrienne Polland, David Jodrey

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Abstract

A sample of 437 patients being evaluated for bone marrow transplantation (BMT) completed interviews and questionnaires to assess their psychosocial adjustment. Nearly a third of the patients (31%) showed some degree of depression on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Scores on the Profile of Mood States Scale also indicated that these BMT candidates were experiencing a high level of psychological distress. This distress was found to be predicted by low scores on tile Self-Rated Karnofsky Performance Scale and on scales measuring mastery and dispositional optimism. The value of assessing the levels of psychological distress and psychosocial resources of patients being evaluated for BMT and for providing necessary psychiatric interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-19
Number of pages10
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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