Background: The epidemics of obesity, diabetes and hypertension as well as the high
prevalence of Hepatitis C are the major contributors to end stage organ disease. Transplantation is the
definitive cure for end stage organ failure. There is a high prevalence of depression, anxiety and
substance abuse in transplant candidates and their caregivers. Integrating behavioral health into a
transplant program helps to identify psychosocial problems, promotes treatment of these underlying
conditions and improves outcomes.
Objective: The goal of the article is to describe one institution’s embedded multidisciplinary
psychosocial program for transplant patients.