Measurement of quality of life in bone marrow transplantation survivors

M. Grant, B. Ferrell, G. M. Schmidt, P. Fonbuena, J. C. Niland, S. J. Forman

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This study was designed to assess the reliability and validity of a Quality of Life (QOL) instrument on a sample of 179 allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) survivors. The QOL-BMT tool was developed specifically for this population and was based on the investigators' prior research and a conceptual model of Quality of Life. Patients who were at least 100 days post BMT completed the 30 item visual analogue questionnaire. The instrument measured physical symptoms (e.g., weight loss, frequent colds, skin changes, cataracts, sexual problems), psychological to illness, social concerns (e.g., relationship adjustment, return to work), and spiritual well-being (e.g., sense of control, future goals). Psychometric analysis of the instrument included measures of reliability and validity. The study findings demonstrate the unique aspects of QOL dimensions in BMT survivors and the value of QOL assessment in clinical practice and research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-384
Number of pages10
JournalQuality of Life Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Bone Marrow Transplant Survivors
  • QOL instrument-visual analogue questionnaire
  • validity and reliability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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