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Evidence-Based Guideline Recommendations: Post-Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Mary C. Burkhart

John Wade

Virginia Lesperance

evidence-based practice, stem cell transplantation, survivorship, long-term, chronic illnesses/comorbidities
CJON 2013, 17(5), E63-E67. DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.E63-E67

Cancer survivorship is expected to increase in coming years. Survivors include recipients of hematopoietic stem cell transplantations, signaling the necessity for evidence-based guidelines that focus on long-term follow-up needs. Studies have shown that evidence-based care can improve cancer survivors' quality of life and long-term outcomes. The implication is that early identification and intervention in chronic health problems such as graft-versus-host disease result in improved outcomes and a higher quality of survivorship. These discoveries signal a need to provide specific care management with appropriate and timely screening and preventive services. Recommendations for long-term follow-up post-hematopoietic stem cell transplantation are an important guide to direct clinical practice with this patient population and optimize their outcomes.

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