A Commentary on Quality of Life after Thoracic Organ Transplantation

  • M. M. Edgar


Survival of a patient and graft after transplantation was once thought to be the measure of a successful transplant. Today quality of life (QOL) issues are regarded as just as important as, if not more important than, simply the survival of the patient. Mai[1] suggest, that ‘Quality of life, probably more than any other aspect of a transplant program, is the acid test of the success and efficacy of the operation.’


Advanced Heart Failure Heart Problem Psychosocial Evaluation Thoracic Organ Transplantation Patient Await Heart Transplantation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Mai FM. Psychiatric aspects of heart transplantation. Br J Psychiatry. 1993;163:285–92.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Kaplan RM. The Ziggy Theorem: toward an outcomes-focused health psychology. Health Psychol. 1994;13:451–60.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Grady KL. Quality of life in patients with chronic heart failure. Crit Care Nursing Clin N Am. 1993;5:661–70.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Leedham B, Meyerowitz BF, Muirhead J, Frist WH. Positive expectations predict health after heart transplantation. Health Psychol. 1995;14:74–9.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Molzahn AE. Quality of life after organ transplantation. J Adv Nurs. 1991;16:1042–7.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Schipper H. Clinch J, Powell V. Detinitions and conceptual issues. In: Spilker B, editor. Quality of life assessments in clinical trials. New York: Raven Press. 1990:000–00.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Brunzel B, Grundbock A, Laczkovics A, Holzinger C, Teufelsbauer H. Quality of life after orthotopic heart transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 1991;10:455–9.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Andrews FM, Withey SB. Social indicators of well being: America’s perception of life quality. New York: Plenum; 1976.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Lim LLY, Valenti LA, Knapp JC et al. A self administered quality-of-life questionnaire after acute myocardial infarction. J Clin Epidemiol. 1993;46:1249–56.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Dew MA, Kormos RL, Roth LH et al. Life quality in the era of bridging to cardiac transplantation-bridge patients in an outpatient setting. Am Soc Artif Intern Org J. 1993;39:145–52.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Grady KL, Jalowiec A, Grusk BB, White-Williams C, Robinson JA. Symptom distress in cardiac transplant candidates. Heart Lung. 1992;21:434–9.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Dracup K, Walden JA, Stevenson LW, Brecht ML. Quality of life in patients with advanced heart failure. J Heart Lung Transplant. 1992;11:273–9.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Muirhead J, Meyerowitz BE, Leedham B et al. Quality of life and coping in patients awaiting heart transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 1992;11:265–72.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Angermann CE, Bullinger M, Spes CH et al. Qualily of life in long-term survivors of orthotopic heart transplantation. Z Kardiol. 1992;81:411–17.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Rosenblum DS, Rosen ML, Pine ZM, Rosen SH, Borgstein J. Health status and quality of life following cardiac transplantation. Arch Phys Med Rchabil. 1993;74:490–3.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Milde FK, Hart LK, Zehr PS. Qualily of life of pancreatic transplant recipients. Diabetes Care. 1992;15:1459–63.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. 17.
    Dew MA, Harris RC, Simmons RG et al. Quality-of-life advantages of FK506 vs conventional immunosuppressive drug therapy in cardiac transplantation. Transplant Proc. 1991;23:3061–4.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  18. 18.
    Gorlen T, Ekeberg O, Abdelnoor M, Enger E, Aarseth HP. Quality of life after kidney transplantation: a 10–22 years follow-up. Scand J Urol Nephrol. 1993;27:89–92.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Baumann LJ, Young CJ, Egan JJ. Living with a heart transplant: long-term adjustment. Transplant Int. 1992;5:1–8.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. 20.
    Morel P, Almond PS, Matas AJ et al. Long-term quality of life after kidney transplantation in childhood. Transplantation. 1991;52:47–53.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. 22.
    Maynard LC. Pediatric heart-lung transplantation for cystic tibrosis. Heart Lung. 1994;23:279–84.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  22. 23.
    Dennis CD, Caine N, Sharples L et al. Heart-lung transplantation for end-stage respiratory disease in patients with cystic fibrosis al Papworth Hospital. J Heart Lung Transplant. 1993;12:892–902.Google Scholar
  23. 24.
    Levenson JL, Orbrisch ME. Psychosocial evaluation of organ transplant candidates. A comparative study of process, criteria and outcomes in heart, liver and kidney transplantation. Psychosomatics. 1993;34:314–23.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  24. 25.
    Wray J, Radley-Smith R, Yacoub M. Effect of cardiac or heart-lung transplantation on the quality of life of the pediatric patient. Quality of Life Res. 1992;1:41–6.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. 26.
    Jones BM, Taylor F, Downs K, Spralt P. Longitudinal study of quality of life and psychological adjustment after cardiac transplantation. Med J Aust. 1992;157:24–6.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  26. 27.
    Riether AM, Smith SL, Lewison BJ, Cotsonis GA, Epstein CM. Quality-of-life changes and psychiatric and neurocognitive outcome after heart and liver transplantation. Transplantation. 1991;52:47–53.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  27. 28.
    Lofton B. Advice to transplant patients? Ask questions. Iowa Med. 1993;13–14.pt]Section 2 27 Heart TransplantationGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. M. Edgar

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations