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Unrelated hematopoietic stem cell donors — motivation and satisfaction from stem cell donation

Emilian Snarski, Paweł Kawka, Aleksandra Jastrzębska, Tigran Torosian, Mikołaj Achremczyk, Kamila Skwierawska, Anna Waszczuk-Gajda, Elżbieta Urbanowska, Wiesław Wiktor Jędrzejczak
Journal of Transfusion Medicine 2016;9(2):39-44.

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Background. Poland has the most rapidly growing population of registered stem cell donors worldwide. The aim of the study was the analysis of motivation, ways of recruitment, major side effects and general satisfaction related to donation process among unrelated hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) donors at a major stem cell facility in Poland.

Material and methods. The prospective study was based on data from online questionnaire completed by unrelated HSC donors — before and after donation. The study included 109 questionnaires completed prior to donation and 80 questionnaires completed after donation.

Results. The wish to help others was motivation for registration in 84% of the donors. The most common recruitment site were local actions (49%), the Internet however has also become a major source of registration — 42% of donors were recruited through the Internet based service. The most common side effects or general discomforts related to donation as reported by donors were: G-CSF injections (45%) and duration of the procedure (29%) in the case of peripheral blood stem cell donors (PBSC) and in the case of bone marrow harvest in general anesthesia — weakness after donation (27%), duration of hospital stay (27%) as well as pain after intubation (18%). Pain related to G-CSF mobilization procedure was higher than that reported after bone marrow harvest (1.51 vs 0.67; p = 0,83). Only 6% PBSC donors regarded this pain as significant compared to 9% of marrow donors.

Conclusion. The outcome of the study provides a positive overview of stem cell donation in Poland. Stem cell donors report satisfaction with information provided by health care personnel on recruitment, qualification and donation procedure, the procedure-related side effects and discomforts are few and the sense of contentment and satisfaction is high.

Abstract

Background. Poland has the most rapidly growing population of registered stem cell donors worldwide. The aim of the study was the analysis of motivation, ways of recruitment, major side effects and general satisfaction related to donation process among unrelated hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) donors at a major stem cell facility in Poland.

Material and methods. The prospective study was based on data from online questionnaire completed by unrelated HSC donors — before and after donation. The study included 109 questionnaires completed prior to donation and 80 questionnaires completed after donation.

Results. The wish to help others was motivation for registration in 84% of the donors. The most common recruitment site were local actions (49%), the Internet however has also become a major source of registration — 42% of donors were recruited through the Internet based service. The most common side effects or general discomforts related to donation as reported by donors were: G-CSF injections (45%) and duration of the procedure (29%) in the case of peripheral blood stem cell donors (PBSC) and in the case of bone marrow harvest in general anesthesia — weakness after donation (27%), duration of hospital stay (27%) as well as pain after intubation (18%). Pain related to G-CSF mobilization procedure was higher than that reported after bone marrow harvest (1.51 vs 0.67; p = 0,83). Only 6% PBSC donors regarded this pain as significant compared to 9% of marrow donors.

Conclusion. The outcome of the study provides a positive overview of stem cell donation in Poland. Stem cell donors report satisfaction with information provided by health care personnel on recruitment, qualification and donation procedure, the procedure-related side effects and discomforts are few and the sense of contentment and satisfaction is high.

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Unrelated hematopoietic stem cell donors — motivation and satisfaction from stem cell donation

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Title

Unrelated hematopoietic stem cell donors — motivation and satisfaction from stem cell donation

Journal

Journal of Transfusion Medicine

Issue

Vol 9, No 2 (2016)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

39-44

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Journal of Transfusion Medicine 2016;9(2):39-44.

Keywords

Unrelated hematopoietic stem cell donors — motivation and satisfaction from stem cell donation

Authors

Emilian Snarski
Paweł Kawka
Aleksandra Jastrzębska
Tigran Torosian
Mikołaj Achremczyk
Kamila Skwierawska
Anna Waszczuk-Gajda
Elżbieta Urbanowska
Wiesław Wiktor Jędrzejczak

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