36. Prevalent Psychosocial Adjustment Issues and Solutions: Lifestyle and Social Challenges

  1. Bipin N Savani MD
  1. Katrina M Stokes

Published Online: 6 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118473306.ch36

Blood and Marrow Transplantation Long-Term Management: Prevention and Complications

Blood and Marrow Transplantation Long-Term Management: Prevention and Complications

How to Cite

Stokes, K. M. (2013) Prevalent Psychosocial Adjustment Issues and Solutions: Lifestyle and Social Challenges, in Blood and Marrow Transplantation Long-Term Management: Prevention and Complications (ed B. N. Savani), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118473306.ch36

Editor Information

  1. Professor of Medicine,Director, Long Term Transplant Clinic, Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation Section, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA

Author Information

  1. Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, TN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118473405

Online ISBN: 9781118473306

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Keywords:

  • support group;
  • relationship;
  • sexuality;
  • communication;
  • resources;
  • quality of life;
  • return to work

Summary

There are multiple psychosocial aspects of life that become unbalanced for a patient and their support system during an allogeneic stem cell transplant. These psychosocial issues include, but are not limited to: family dynamics and relationships, coping with stress, body image issues, intimacy and sexuality, mental health, returning to work, dealing with pain, and processing changes to spirituality or other core beliefs. By the time a patient has reached the long-term care phase of transplant the team has become an integral part of their daily life. The patient and their family will often look to the team for some direction and resources in finding balance in their life again. Knowing resources in your community and assessing for and developing needed programs within the outpatient clinic area will help make this transition more successful for your patients and their families.