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