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Chemomobilization: Overview of an Educational Quality Improvement Project for Recipients of Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation

Zandra R. Rivera

Rachelle Nurse

Bryan Fellman

Nicole Brunelle

Kelly J. Brassil

chemomobilization, autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, education
CJON 2017, 21(4), E106-E113. DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.E106-E113

Background: In preparation for an autologous stem cell transplantation, patients undergo chemomobilization; however, a dearth of standardized, evidence-based patient education on chemomobilization exists in the literature and in practice.

Objectives: The purpose of this quality improvement educational initiative is to identify an evidence-based approach to appraise the educational needs of patients and their caregivers and to enhance chemomobilization education. 

Methods: A review of the literature related to chemomobilization was conducted, as well as an informal survey of educational practices at five National Cancer Institute–designated comprehensive cancer centers. A 14-item survey was administered to 50 patients who underwent chemomobilization to assess their educational needs, experiences, and preferences. 

Findings: Patients prefer written information to review. Receiving verbal education from reliable healthcare providers in a structured format may enhance effective comprehension and retention. Patients identified timing, process, side effects, and expectations about chemomobilization as the most important topics to include in education.

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