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Cancer Nurs. 1992 Jun;15(3):153-60.

The meaning of quality of life for bone marrow transplant survivors. Part 1. The impact of bone marrow transplant on quality of life.

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  • 1Department of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California 91010.


Quality of life (QOL) is an important concept in cancer nursing and has particular significance for bone marrow transplant (BMT). BMT survivors are faced with the demands of acute transplant symptoms as well as chronic illness demands posttransplant. The purpose of this study was to explore the concept of QOL for BMT survivors and to gain understanding of nursing interventions that may improve QOL in this population. The conceptual framework for this study was derived from the model of QOL developed by Ferrell, Grant, and Padilla (1989) that depicts the QOL domains of physical well-being, psychological well-being, social concerns, and spiritual well-being. This qualitative study consisted of a one-time interview of 119 BMT survivors using six open-ended questions. The items were based on previous research of the authors and content validity was established by a panel of BMT experts. Content analysis was performed on verbatim written responses to six questions regarding BMT and QOL. Part one of this two-part report provides analysis based on the questions regarding the meaning of QOL to BMT survivors and the impact of BMT on QOL.

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