This study investigated the utility of 3 pretransplant psychological variables (affective functioning, compliance, social support stability) in predicting subsequent bone marrow transplantation (BMT) health outcomes. The pre-BMT psychological evaluations of 92 BMT recipients were coded along the specified psychological dimensions and used to predict post-BMT survival status and health-related quality of life. Data analyses showed that, in addition to medical risk status (low) and quality of the marrow graft (histocompatible), higher levels of pre-BMT affective functioning and social support stability significantly predicted survival status (i.e., alive) and higher levels of quality of life. These findings have important implications for the role of psychological assessment prior to BMT and the need for interventions designed to enhance psychological functioning and subsequent health outcomes following BMT.
- Bone marrow transplantation (BMT)
- Psychological functioning
- Quality of life
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology