Kidney Transplantation: Challenging the Future

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Kidney transplantation is worldwide considered the best replacement therapy in patients with end-stage renal disease. However, although impressive improvements in surgical techniques and in the ...
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Quality of Life After Kidney Transplantation

Pp. 227-240 (14)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805144111201010227

Author(s): Kris Denhaerynck, Fabienne Dobbels, Jürg Steiger, Sabina De Geest

Abstract

This literature review summarizes the research on quality of life (QoL) in kidney transplant recipients. After clarification and discussion of conceptual issues in view of QoL, the following topics are reviewed: comparisons of QoL pre- to post-transplant, post-transplant QoL of kidney transplant recipients to that of other chronically ill patients and of healthy subjects, correlates of QoL, and interventions designed to enhance QoL in kidney transplantation. Gaps in the state-of-the-art evidence, from conceptual, content, and methodological perspectives, are highlighted, and directions for future research are discussed.

Keywords:

Quality of Life, Kidney Failure, Chronic/Psychology/Surgery, Kidney Transplantation, Marginal Donor, SF-36, Adherence to Therapy.