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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Caregiver Sleep and Patient Neutrophil Engraftment in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Secondary Analysis.

Caregiver Sleep and Patient Neutrophil Engraftment in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Secondary Analysis.

Sannes, Timothy S. PhD; Mikulich-Gilbertson, Susan K. PhD; Natvig, Crystal L. BS; Brewer, Benjamin W. PsyD; Simoneau, Teresa L. PhD; Laudenslager, Mark L. PhD


"The time around transplant for allogeneic stem cell transplant (allo-HSCT) represents a time in which patients and caregivers can experience significant distress. While overlap in patient and caregiver well-being has been documented, the degree to which this overlap may affect patients' clinical outcomes is less clear. The article by Sannes and colleagues reports that poor caregiver sleep (measured by self-report and an activity monitoring device) prior to transplant is significantly related to a longer time to patient neutrophil engraftment – an important outcome in allo-HSCT. These results highlight the importance of the shared experience of patient-caregiver dyads in relation to patient outcome. Nursing staff are well-positioned to monitor patient and caregiver well-being during allo-HSCT."


---Dr. Sannes on "Caregiver Sleep and Patient Neutrophil Engraftment in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Secondary Analysis," published ahead-of-print on the CANCER NURSING Web site.  The full article may be viewed with a subscription.