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Chaplain-Delivered Compassion Meditation to Improve Quality of Life in Patients Receiving a Stem Cell Transplant

Cancer Type
Hematopoietic Malignancies
Multiple Myeloma
Plasma cell neoplasm
Trial Phase
18 Years and older, Male and Female
Study Type
Supportive care
Protocol IDs
EU5492-21 (primary)
Study Sponsor
Emory University Hospital/Winship Cancer Institute


This clinical trial tests whether chaplain-delivered compassion centered spiritual health (CCSH) works to improve quality of life in patients receiving a stem cell transplant. CCSH is a secularized, research-based mindfulness and compassion meditation program designed to expand and strengthen compassion for self and others. Practices include training in attentional stability and increased emotional awareness, as well as targeted reflections to appreciate one’s relationship with self and others. By centering the mind, controlling negative thoughts, and cultivating personal resiliency and an inclusive and more accurate understanding of others, CCSH may help improve response to stress and reduce inflammation.


I. To examine the feasibility, adoption, extent of implementation, and fidelity of chaplain-delivered CCSH.

Patients undergo 4 to 8 sessions (2-4 per week) of CCSH over 30 minutes with a chaplain. Patients will complete a short survey prior to each session and another one after each session. Audio recordings of all CCSH sessions will be collected and transcribed verbatim. Patients may also be contacted about other studies related this project.


  1. PATIENT: Within 6 weeks of scheduled hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT)
  2. PATIENT: > 18 years of age
  3. PATIENT: Speak and read English
  4. CHAPLAIN: Emory Healthcare Chaplain
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