Anxiety, Depression and Distress Among Children Undergoing Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Its Correlation with Age and Socio-economic Status: A Single Centre Experience from India
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Hospital admission for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is known to be stressful and distressing for children. An objective evaluation of the above and assessment of the variables influencing the extent of depression and anxiety among these children will help channelize resources towards specific demands and needs of these children. We performed a study to evaluate the extent of anxiety, depression and distress among children undergoing HSCT during the inpatient period in our unit and sought to find out the correlation between their extent and age and socio-economic status.
We performed a prospective study at the Paediatric Blood and Marrow transplant unit. Children between the ages of 5 and 18 years undergoing HSCT from 2014 to 2016 were included in the study. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) [1, 2] and the NCCN distress thermometer [3, 4] were used to collect data from paediatric inpatients, including questionnaires which facilitate objective...