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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 Nov;33:164-169. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.10.007. Epub 2018 Oct 17.

Understanding preferences for a mindfulness-based stress management program among caregivers of hematopoietic cell transplant patients.

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Moffitt Cancer Center, 4115 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL, 33629, USA. Electronic address:
Moffitt Cancer Center, 4115 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL, 33629, USA.
Ross University, PO Box 334 Basseterre, St. Kitts West Indies, USA.


Informal caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant patients experience significant levels of stress throughout the caregiving process. One strategy that has been shown to aid in stress management in other populations is mindfulness. The goal of this study was to understand caregivers' experiences with mindfulness and evaluate their receptiveness to a mindfulness-based stress management program. Data were collected via in-depth phone interviews from 18 caregivers (55% female). Results indicated that about half the sample was familiar with mindfulness and/or had practiced meditation. The majority indicated that they believed a mindfulness program would have been useful for them and that they would have been willing to participate. Most indicated that a program delivered once-weekly for 60 min, during both inpatient and outpatient phases, would be preferable through a combination of in-person and mobile-based delivery. These data provide critical information for the development of future mindfulness-based interventions for this caregiving population.


Cancer; Caregivers; Hematopoietic cell transplant; Mindfulness; Oncology; Stress


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