Stressors and coping strategies during isolation in haemopoietic stem cell transplanted patients with leukaemia

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Stressors and coping strategies during isolation in haemopoietic stem cell transplanted patients with leukaemia

 

Author: Tse, Kin-keung
Title: Stressors and coping strategies during isolation in haemopoietic stem cell transplanted patients with leukaemia
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2010
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Leukemia -- Patients -- China -- Hong Kong
Stress management
Department: School of Nursing
Pages: 74, [2] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2352656
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/5636
Abstract: The purpose of the study was to explore the stressors and coping strategies during isolation in Haemopoietic Stem Cell Transplanted patients with leukaemia in Hong Kong. Relationships among treatment-related stressors, coping strategies and length of time post treatment were explored. One hundred and forty nine subjects completed the modified stressor scale based on Distress Thermometer Scale (Ransom, Jacobsen, and Booth-Jones, 2006) of BMT patients and Haemodialysis Stressor Scale (Baldree et al, 1982) and modified Jalowiec Coping Scale (Jalowiec & Powers (1981), Jalowiec (1987)). Results revealed that food limitation was the most frequently rated stressor, followed by fatigue, length of treatment, eating and uncertainty about future. The most common coping strategies were "told yourself not to worry because everything would work out fine", followed by "accepted the situation because very little could be done" and "tried to look at the problem objectively and see all sides". It was found that Chinese philosophy such as Buddhism and Taoism affect patients' reaction towards stressor and their coping strategies used. The findings of this study can help nurses to provide support, information, and alternative solutions when assisting patients in coping with stressors within isolation period.

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