Clinical perspective: Linking psychosocial care to the disease continuum in patients with multiple myeloma

Palliat Support Care. 2015 Aug;13(4):829-38. doi: 10.1017/S1478951514000649. Epub 2014 Jun 24.


Objective: A model of psychosocial care specific for patients with multiple myeloma and their caregivers has not yet been proposed. We sought to develop a model of care that considers the specific profile of this disease.

Method: The authors, representing a multidisciplinary care team, met in December of 2012 to identify a model of psychosocial care for patients with multiple myeloma and their caregivers. This model was determined by consensus during the meeting and via total agreement following the meeting. The meeting was sponsored by Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

Results: The need for targeted psychosocial care for the multiple myeloma patient and caregiver throughout the disease process is essential to ensure quality of life and optimal treatment outcomes. We propose herein the first known model of care for the treatment of multiple myeloma that engages both the patient and their caregivers.

Significance of results: Innovative partnerships between psychosocial providers and other entities such as pharmaceutical companies can maximize resources for comprehensive program development. This manuscript proposes a model of care that promotes active engagement in therapies for multiple myeloma while engaging the individual patient and their family caregivers. This treatment approach must be evidence based in terms of distress screening tools, comprehensive psychosocial assessments, and, most importantly, in the interventions and measurements of response that clinicians apply to this population.

Keywords: Distress; Multiple myeloma; Psychosocial care; Standard of care.

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Multiple Myeloma / psychology*
  • Multiple Myeloma / therapy
  • Psychology / methods*
  • Psychology / standards
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Standard of Care*