Digital Stories and Psychosocial Wellbeing in Stem Cell Transplant Patients


About this study

The proposed research will use a double-blind randomized controlled design to pilot test a model for how stories shared by a panel of HCT survivors impact the psychosocial well-being of the digital stories (DS) intervention condition of 55 patients who recently underwent HCT and their respective caregivers compared with 55 people in an information control (IC) condition and their caregivers (total 220 participants; N=110 per condition). Participants, recruited from the Mayo Clinic Arizona Cancer Center, will be randomly assigned to one of two conditions: the DS intervention or the IC video condition. Participants will questionnaires at baseline (T1), after the 4-week intervention (T2), and 3 months (100 days) later (T3).

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.


Subject population (children, adults, groups): All patients and caregivers undergoing HCT at Mayo Clinic in Arizona for hematological disorders.

Inclusion (patients):

  • recently underwent HCT (within a month after hospital discharge)
  • are able to speak, read, and write in English
  • are 18 years or older
  • have access to a working phone and e-mail account.

Inclusion (caregivers):

  • family caregivers who are identified as a primary caregiver by a patient, and have primary responsibility for the care of patients throughout the HCT process, including basic medical procedures, taking the patient to and from the hospital frequently as well as other household and other role responsibilities
  • are able to speak, read, and write in English
  • are 18 years or older
  • have access to a working phone and e-mail account.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participants who are not identified as primary caregivers
  • Participants with a visual or hearing impairment

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Nandita Khera, M.D., M.P.H.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Cancer Center Clinical Trials Referral Office


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