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Protection during haempoietic stem cell transplantation: a survey from the quality of life working party of the Rome Transplant Network
  1. O Annibali1,
  2. A Tendas2,
  3. A Pignatelli3,
  4. R Mauroni4,
  5. I Carli5,
  6. A Chierichini5,
  7. V Tomarchio1,
  8. L Cupelli3,
  9. D Saltarelli5,
  10. A Inzeo1,
  11. M Surano1,
  12. M Piedimonte6,
  13. F Marchesi2,
  14. F Sollazzo6,
  15. E Conte6,
  16. C Viggiani7,
  17. F Di Piazza4,
  18. M C Tirindelli1 and
  19. W Arcese4
  20. on behalf of The Quality of Life Working Party of the Rome Transplant Network
  1. 1 Ematologia, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Roma, Italy
  2. 2 Ematologia, Ospedale Sant’ Eugenio, Roma, Italy
  3. 3 Istituto Regina Elena (IRE), Roma, Italy
  4. 4 Ematologia, Policlinico Tor Vergata, Roma, Italy
  5. 5 Ematologia, Ospedale San Giovanni, Roma, Italy
  6. 6 Ematologia, Ospedale Sant'Andrea, Roma, Italy
  7. 7 Ematologia, IFO, Roma, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr O Annibali, Ematologia, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Roma 00155, Italy; o.annibali{at}

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Hospitalisation in protected/isolated rooms is a measure, frequently, adopted for hematological patients undergoing to intensive treatment, such as allogeneic (allo) or autologous (auto) stem cell transplantation (SCT), due to a high risk of infections.1 However, the level of evidence about the efficacy of isolation measure during SCT is poor, thus resulting in discrepancy between different centres.1 Prolonged isolation affects quality of life, due to restriction of socio-familiar role and lack of psychological relieve of patients, thus increasing the high burden of symptoms reported by transplanted patients during the first weeks after SCT.2–6 Moreover, isolation could affect psychological status of patient relatives, such as children, frequently not allowed to visit their parent during hospitalisation. Isolation effects on patient undergoing to SCT could …

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  • Contributors OA, AT, VT, MCT and WA planned the study and wrote the paper. OA submitted the paper. AT, RM, IC, AC, LC, DS, AI, MS, MP, FM, FS, EC and CV conducted a survey; FDP produced the date from RTN database.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.