Symptom prevalence and physiologic biomarkers among adolescents using a mobile phone intervention following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Academic Article uri icon


  • PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine symptom reports and physiologic parameters in adolescents using the Eating After Transplant (EAT!) intervention during recovery after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). DESIGN: Repeated measures design. SETTING: HSCT service at a pediatric teaching institution in the southern United States. SAMPLE: 16 adolescents recovering from a first-time allogeneic HSCT. METHODS: Use of EAT! was monitored electronically, symptom reports were obtained from a questionnaire, and physiologic parameters were obtained from the medical record at HSCT hospital discharge and 20, 40, and 60 days postdischarge. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: EAT! use, symptom prevalence, symptom-related distress, and physiologic parameters including weight, body mass index (BMI), pre-albumin, and albumin. FINDINGS: Symptom prevalence was highest at hospital discharge and steadily declined; however, mean symptom distress scores remained stable. Mean weight and BMI significantly declined during the first 60 days postdischarge; pre-albumin and albumin markers were unchanged. No correlation was noted among use of EAT! and any research variables. CONCLUSIONS: The most frequent symptoms were not always the most distressing symptoms. Weight and BMI significantly declined during HSCT recovery. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Nurses should assess symptom frequency and distress to fully understand patients' symptom experiences. Nurses should monitor weight and BMI throughout HSCT recovery.

published proceedings

  • Oncol Nurs Forum

author list (cited authors)

  • Rodgers, C. C., Krance, R., Street, R. L., & Hockenberry, M. J.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Rodgers, Cheryl C||Krance, Robert||Street, Richard L||Hockenberry, Marilyn J

publication date

  • May 2014