Background: The experience of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) on both the patients and their caregivers is complex and challenging during hospitalization and post discharge. Complex patient populations require heightened attention on discharge practices to ensure that they are prepared for home regimens. “Rooming in” is a standardized intervention implemented prior to discharge that allows patients and caregivers to assume post discharge care with the support of staff. Other complex patient populations have reported positive outcomes related to “rooming in.” Aims: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of a standardized “rooming in” intervention for discharge of pediatric HSCT patients. An additional aim was to describe the quality of discharge teaching, readiness for hospital discharge, and postdischarge coping difficulty in a cohort of HSCT patients using validated questionnaires. Method: Data were collected via medical chart review. A prospective cohort completed validated study questionnaires at discharge and 30 days postdischarge. Results: All caregivers of post-HSCT patients were able to complete the “rooming in” intervention. There was no statistically significant difference for length of stay between the retrospective and prospective cohorts. Caregivers enrolled on the study rated the Quality of Discharge Teaching Scale–Parent Form high (Mdn = 165). Conclusion: We conclude that “rooming in” is a feasible discharge intervention for caregivers of pediatric HSCT patients.
- discharge planning
- hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)
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