Author on Call

The function of the “Author on Call” blog is to allow our readers and authors to interact with each other in a unique way. A few select authors will be chosen to share on the blog aspects of their papers that were especially meaningful to them personally or points that may not have made it into their published report. Readers will then have the opportunity to provide comments and questions, to which the authors will respond.

At times, as seen in our first entry, we will also post separate entries to the blog on various special topics that we feel would be informational or that we welcome your feedback on.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Symptom Management and Psychosocial Needs of Adults With Acute Myeloid Leukemia During Induction Treatment: A Pilot Study

Symptom Management and Psychosocial Needs of Adults With Acute Myeloid Leukemia During Induction Treatment: A Pilot Study

Albrecht, Tara A. PhD, ACNP-BC, RN; Boyiadzis, Michael MD, MHSc; Elswick, R.K. Jr PhD; Starkweather, Angela PhD, ACNP-BC, CNRN, FAAN; Rosenzweig, Margaret PhD, FNP-C, AOCNP, FAAN

 

"As a nurse practicing on the inpatient hematology/oncology unit many years ago, I was regularly inspired by the strength of patients who were undergoing treatment for acute leukemia.  I witnessed these patients travel treatment roads that were rocky both physically and emotionally.  This is the patient population that inspired me to go back to school and pursue a PhD.  As I began my study, I noted that the participants in this study were quite similar to the patients I remember caring for many years before.  This study is novel in that it details the longitudinal journey of individuals undergoing induction treatment for acute myeloid leukemia, showing there is a high degree of symptom burden across the treatment trajectory.  I was concerned that recruitment may be challenging in this study as these patients are typically quite sick.  However, the participants wanted to not only enroll in the study but to continue to provide their data even when they were not feeling great.  Their commitment and desire to provide data even at such a difficult time in their life was quite moving and illustrated how important it was for me to detail their journey.  I am currently using the knowledge gained from this study to develop and test personalized psychosocial interventions that may better support this patient population during their treatment." 

 

-- Dr. Tara Albrecht on her paper "Symptom Management and Psychosocial Needs of Adults With Acute Myeloid Leukemia During Induction Treatment: A Pilot Study," published online in our current issue, CANCER NURSING Volume 40, Issue 6.  The full article may be viewed with a subscription.