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Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018 May;65(5):e26965. doi: 10.1002/pbc.26965. Epub 2018 Jan 19.

Sleep disruption in caregivers of pediatric stem cell recipients.

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1
Division of Bone Marrow Transplant and Immune Deficiency, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
2
Department of Patient Services, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
3
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Abstract

Parents/caregivers of hospitalized patients are at risk of sleep disruption. We performed a cross-sectional quantitative and qualitative evaluation of sleep in parents/caregivers of children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT; n = 17). Additionally, we explored the frequency of room entries for hospitalized patients undergoing HSCT (n = 189 nights). Twelve caregivers (71%) demonstrated significant sleep disturbance, 12 (71%) described sleep quality as poor, 15 (88%) averaged < 6 hours of sleep per night, 14 (82%) awakened at least four times per night. Patient rooms were entered a median of 12 times per night (interquartile range 10-15). Intervention studies to improve caregiver sleep during hospitalization are needed.

KEYWORDS:

caregivers; hematopoietic stem cell transplant; pediatrics; sleep

PMID:
29350494
PMCID:
PMC5867266
DOI:
10.1002/pbc.26965
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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