To describe the impact of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) on caregivers.
904 patients with MPNs aged 18-70 years in the US who completed the online Living with MPNs survey between April and November, 2016. The MPN Symptom Assessment Form Total Symptom Score was used to describe symptom burden. Patient-reported need for caregiver assistance and caregivers' employment change due to MPNs was reported.
55.1% of patients reported receiving caregiver assistance. Caregivers were predominantly family members (spouses/partners [68.1%], sons/daughters [10.6%], parents [6.2%]) and most commonly provided assistance with homemaking (77.7%), companionship (57.4%), and transportation (55.2%). Most caregivers were employed (76.9%), of whom 26.3% reduced work hours, 7.4% terminated a job, and 6.6% retired early to care for a patient with an MPN. Patients who received caregiver assistance reported a higher mean MPN-SAF total symptom score (40.9 vs. 20.0) and had more comorbid conditions (52.4% vs. 38.4%) than patients not receiving caregiver assistance.
Most survey respondents to this US survey reported receiving MPN-related caregiver assistance. A higher symptom burden was reported by those receiving assistance than those who did not. Approximately one-fourth of caregivers underwent employment adjustments. There may be a need for support services for patients with MPNs and their caregivers.