Could psychiatric assessment before hematopoietic stem cell transplantation predict the need for psychiatric consultation during transplantation period?

Yalvac H. D., Kotan Z., Tekgunduz E., ÇAYKÖYLÜ A., Altuntas F.

TRANSFUSION AND APHERESIS SCIENCE, vol.54, no.1, pp.85-90, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.transci.2016.01.019
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.85-90
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


Psychiatric morbidity seems to be a significant concern associated with all stages of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We aimed to understand whether psychiatric consultation before HSCT procedure could predict the need for psychiatric support during isolation period. Seventy-eight patients undergoing HSCT were included in the study. Patients were diagnosed according to the diagnostic criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-lV). Standard anxiety and depression scores were performed. Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and State and Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) were performed. Psychiatric consultation was required for 45 (58%) patients during hospitalization. Only pre-HSCT STAI trait scores were higher in patients who were found to have psychopathology at consultation during hospitalization compared to patients without established psychopathology. Sixteen (76%) and 29 (51%) patients needed consultation with and without pre-HSCT psychopathology, respectively. Our study showed that the psychiatric consultation request rate during the transplantation process was higher for cases previously diagnosed with psychopathology and who had high trait anxiety scale scores before HSCT. (c) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.