Study Shows Caregivers of Multiple Myeloma Patients Face Greater Mental Health Challenges Than Patients

A study revealed that caregivers of patients with multiple myeloma (MM) often experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, and stress than the patients themselves. The study emphasizes that while much attention is paid to the patients’ mental health, the emotional burdens carried by family and friends who support these patients are frequently overlooked.

The study surveyed 127 caregivers of patients with MM, examining their psychological distress levels through validated questionnaires. The results indicated that caregivers’ mental health issues persisted regardless of the duration of the patient’s treatment, with significant percentages showing signs of clinical anxiety (44.1%), depression (15.8%), and PTSD (24.2%). The study also highlighted communication gaps between caregivers and physicians concerning the prognosis of the disease, suggesting the need for improved dialogue to help caregivers understand and cope with the disease’s trajectory. This points to a broader necessity for health systems to support the mental well-being of both patients and their caregivers throughout the disease progression.

Reference: Caffrey M. With Multiple Myeloma, Caregivers May See More Mental Health Effects Than Patients. AJMC. Updated July 18, 2022. Accessed May 13, 2024.

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