Physical and Emotional Health of Caregivers for People Who Have Had Stem Cell Transplants
- Stem cell transplants are a complex treatment that can have serious side effects. Having a caregiver to help with the recovery is critical. Serving in this role, however, can cause high stress levels and negative health effects. Researchers want to better understand the health effects of caring for a family member or friend after a stem cell transplant. Understanding these effects can help develop programs that support caregivers coping with the demands of post-transplant care.
- To study the physical and emotional health of caregivers for a family member or friend who has had a stem cell transplant.
- Individuals at least 18 years of age who are planning to be a caregiver for a person having a stem cell transplant.
- Healthy non-caregiver volunteers for comparison studies.
- A caregiver will be caring for a transplant recipient just before transplant admission and up through 6 weeks after hospital discharge. The caregiver will usually live with or spend at least 6 hours each day with the recipient.
- All participants will have three study visits. The first visit will happen before the transplant. The second and third visits will happen at the recipient s discharge, and 6 weeks after discharge. The following tests will be done at each visit:
- A health assessment with a physical exam and review of life events and current health problems
- Blood, hair, and saliva samples
- Questionnaires about stress levels, personal health, and the caregiving process.
- Caregiver participants may have an optional fourth study visit within 72 hours after an ICU admission. This visit will include the same tests as the other visits.
|Study Design:||Time Perspective: Prospective|
|Official Title:||A Pilot Study to Examine Physiological and Clinical Markers of Chronic Stress in Caregivers of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) Recipients|
- To compare physiological factors and biomarkers of cardiovascular illness among HSCT caregivers during the acute transplant recovery period to non-caregivers.
- To examine associations among physiological variables (salivary cortisol, norepinephrine, epinephrine, hs-CRP, TNF, and hs-IL6) and psychological health and healthy behaviors in HSCT caregivers.
- To characterize caregivers with no change and those with a change (in physiological or clinical factors) by demographic and HSCT recipient clinical factors.
|Study Start Date:||September 2011|
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|
|Principal Investigator:||Margaret F Bevans, Ph.D.||National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)|