Physical therapy pathway and protocol for patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: Recommendations from The Eastern Mediterranean Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EMBMT) Group

Jaleel Mohammed, Mahmoud Aljurf, Abdulaziz Althumayri, Muntaha Almansour, Ahmed Alghamdi, Amir Ali Hamidieh, Alaa ElHaddad, Tarek Ben Othman, Ali Bazarbachi, Fahad Almohareb, Mohsen Alzahrani, salam alkindi, Fahad Alsharif, Waleed Da'na, Hani Alhashmi, Mohamed A. Bekadja, Salem H. Al-Shammari, Asma El Quessar, Tariq M. Satti, Naif AljohaniWalid Rasheed, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh, Naeem Chaudhri, Shahrukh K. Hashmi

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Abstract

Background: Patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are often referred for physical therapy (PT) to help improve their quality of life. However, to our knowledge there is no clear PT pathway to guide therapists and patients before, during, and after HSCT. Methods: A comprehensive literature review was carried out exploring the role and benefits of PT in HSCT patients. The current evidence was comlimented with recommendations and opinions from the experts in the field, which included PT's and hematology consultants from PTAGVHD and the EMBMT group. Result: A clear pathway and protocol as a working guide for rehabilitation professionals working with the HSCT patient's was developed. Conclusion: This paper not only reviews the current evidence on safe PT practice but also puts forward a protocol and pathway for HSCT rehabilitation, highlights the importance of individualized exercise intervention for HSCT patients, and outlines safe practice guidelines for the physical therapists working in this field.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHematology/ Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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    Mohammed, J., Aljurf, M., Althumayri, A., Almansour, M., Alghamdi, A., Hamidieh, A. A., ElHaddad, A., Othman, T. B., Bazarbachi, A., Almohareb, F., Alzahrani, M., alkindi, S., Alsharif, F., Da'na, W., Alhashmi, H., Bekadja, M. A., Al-Shammari, S. H., El Quessar, A., Satti, T. M., ... Hashmi, S. K. (Accepted/In press). Physical therapy pathway and protocol for patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: Recommendations from The Eastern Mediterranean Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EMBMT) Group. Hematology/ Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hemonc.2018.12.003