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RATIONALE: Understanding the emotional needs of spouses or others who are living with and caring for patients who have undergone stem cell transplantation may help improve the quality of life of both the caregivers and the patients.
PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying the emotional needs of caregivers of patients who have undergone stem cell transplant.
- Assess expression of emotion, as a function of patient presence, among spousal or other cohabiting caregivers (CG) of post-hematopoietic stem cell transplantation patients.
- Assess desynchrony among subjective (self-report) and expressive indicators of emotion, as a function of patient presence, in these participants.
- Correlate CG dispositional inhibition and desynchrony with physical and marital satisfaction in these participants.
OUTLINE: Caregivers (CG) complete written questionnaires assessing demographics, positive and negative affect, dispositional inhibition, marital satisfaction, and physical health over 45 minutes to 1 hour on day 1. CG then engage in two oral emotional expression exercises (on the topic of caregiving and the transplant) over 2 hours on day 2. Patients are present for one oral emotional expression exercise.
Participants are followed at 2 weeks and 6 months.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patient/spouse couples will be accrued for this study within 18 months.
psychosocial assessment and care
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:54:24-0400
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