A high level of resilience—or a person’s ability to adapt to adversity—was associated with a better mental and physical health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among patients with multiple myeloma and its precursor diseases, according to the results of a study published in BMJ Open.
With this study, Imad Maatouk, MD, of Medical University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany, and colleagues investigated if there was a relationship between resilience and mental and physical HRQOL.
“In the current scientific discussion, resilience is described as a multidimensional construct that encompasses both relatively stable personality traits and a state that is triggered by adverse events such as undergoing a treatment for cancer,” the researchers wrote.
In this single-center study, the researchers included 292 consecutive patients from the myeloma outpatient department. Patients could have a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, smoldering myeloma, or monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance. The patients completed questionnaires on HRQOL, depression, and psychological resilience.
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