Decision making in pediatric hematopoietic cell transplantation: Influential factors vary among diseases

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Abstract

Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is not a trivial treatment decision in pediatrics. We sought to understand what influences this decision-making process from the perspectives of the pediatric patients, their family, and physicians. Using integrative review methods, we identified 19 relevant studies: six qualitative, ten quantitative, and three mixed methods. Synthesis of the results revealed six themes describing patient, family, and provider decision-making processes with distinct subthemes contrasting influential factors among malignant and nonmalignant diseases. Identification of what influences HCT decision making will aid in development of decision support, education, and communication strategies. The child/adolescent voice and provider perspective warrant more attention.

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