Quality of life and social support of patients being evaluated for bone marrow transplantation

  • Frank Baker
  • James Zabora
  • David Jodrey
  • Adrienne Polland
  • Deborah Marcellus


A sample of 437 patients completed self-report measures of quality of life and social support while they were being evaluated for bone marrow transplantation (BMT) at The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. Generally, the candidates showed reasonably high levels of quality of life (QOL) on the Satisfaction with Life Domains Scale (SLDS), their present ranking on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Ladder of Life, and their scores on the Bradburn Positive Affect Scale. The level of QOL of these candidates for transplant was significantly related to their level of social support. Both availability and adequacy of social support for these transplant candidates were found to be significantly related to QOL as measured by the SLDS. Availability of social support as measured by patient membership in religious and other organizations was significantly related to Positive Affect but not Negative Affect. The Family APGAR and Relational Support Scales measures of social support were significantly correlated with both Positive and Negative Affect.

Key words

quality of life social support bone marrow transplantation cancer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Baker
    • 1
  • James Zabora
    • 2
  • David Jodrey
    • 1
  • Adrienne Polland
    • 2
  • Deborah Marcellus
    • 2
  1. 1.The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene & Public HealthBaltimore
  2. 2.The Johns Hopkins School of MedicineBaltimore

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