Health-Related Quality of Life

  • Catherine Marie Soprano
Reference work entry
Part of the Organ and Tissue Transplantation book series (OTT)


Patient survival after solid organ transplantation has improved dramatically over the last several decades. With better surgical techniques and an increased diversity in immunosuppressant medications, the length of survival after transplant is much improved. However with this improved survival, a new perspective on posttransplant quality of life is needed. Physical growth, developmental and psychosocial functioning, and health-related quality of life are all measures of long-term outcome that are becoming increasingly important in order to make the longer patient survival more meaningful and normal. This is especially difficult in a time of extreme physical, emotional, and psychosocial development and stress. It is important to take these factors into consideration when evaluating patients for solid organ transplantation. More prospective long-term studies need to be done to identify unknown factors that contribute to poor longitudinal growth, delayed physical and emotional development, and decreased health-related quality of life. Hopefully utilizing a more multidisciplinary approach, physicians and the healthcare team can assure better holistic outcomes for their patients.


Health-related quality of life Psychosocial functioning Growth Developmental outcomes School performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Diagnostic Referral Division, Department of PediatricsNemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for ChildrenWilmingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Deborah M Consolini
    • 1
  1. 1.Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for ChildrenWilmingtonUSA

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