Many Clinical Program Directors and Quality Managers believe socioeconomic factors influence clinical outcomes after transplant. The NMDP/Be the Match has several resources to help patients and their families understand the seriousness of transplants and the care patients need. A new resource recently announced is a Basics of Blood and Marrow Transplant video series.
According to NMDP/Be the Match, “Whether your patient is going for a transplant consultation or is preparing for transplant, our new video series can help patients, caregivers, and families understand what to expect before, during, and after transplant.”
There are 10 easy-to-understand videos that use both animation and interviews with patients, caregivers, and transplant clinicians. Topics include the basics of transplant, the difference between an autologous and allogeneic transplant, HLA matching, engraftment, what it is like to be a caregiver, and life after transplant.
The Basics of Blood and Marrow Transplant videos can be used individually or as a complete series. The short videos range from 2 to 6 minutes in length. The free videos are coming soon in Spanish and on DVD.
This video series is a useful means to prepare patients and families for transplantation and prepare them for the long and difficult journey ahead. Such education may empower them to actively participate in the recovery process, thereby improving outcomes.