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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Haematological conditions are varied, and every condition presents unique psychosocial challenges to patients and their families. There is a growing body of evidence about high levels of psychological distress, negative impact on outcomes and evidence-based treatments, yet service provision is patchy and demand far exceeds supply. RECENT FINDINGS: This article focuses on the major subspecialty areas and associated neuropsychiatric comorbidities - haematological malignancies, issues related to stem cell transplants, haemoglobinopathies and haemophilia. The subsequent sections focus on common psychiatric comorbidities, considerations across the life span and models of care. SUMMARY: Anxiety disorders and depression have higher prevalence in people with haematological conditions. The stressors faced by the individual can vary based on their condition and their stage of life. Early diagnosis and integrated management of comorbid psychiatric illness can improve quality of life and clinical outcomes. A stepped care model is recommended to ensure that psychological distress is identified and managed appropriately, and evidence for a collaborative care model is provided.

Original publication




Journal article


Curr Opin Support Palliat Care

Publication Date





240 - 246


Humans, Quality of Life, Mental Disorders, Comorbidity, Counseling, Chronic Disease