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Psychosocial challenges before and after organ transplantation

Authors Schulz K, Kroencke S

Received 1 April 2015

Accepted for publication 9 June 2015

Published 4 August 2015 Volume 2015:7 Pages 45—58

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/TRRM.S53107

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Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Qing Yi


Karl-Heinz Schulz,1,2 Sylvia Kroencke,1,2

1Department of Medical Psychology, 2University Transplant Center, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Abstract: This review addresses psychosocial challenges before and after solid organ transplantation. Stressors, corresponding psychosocial changes of the recipient, and psychological interventions in the different phases of the transplant process are described. Furthermore, important aspects of the preoperative psychosocial evaluation are presented with a special focus on living donors and patients with alcoholic liver disease. For the postoperative period, adherence, quality of life, and return to work are highlighted. Finally, research and clinical implications are presented.

Keywords: adherence, alcoholic liver disease, evaluation, living donation, quality of life, return to work

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