June 21, 2013

Health-related quality of life and perceived need for mental health services in adolescent solid organ transplant recipients.


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The purpose of the following investigation was to assess interest in mental health services among parents of adolescent solid organ transplant recipients and the relationship between parent perceived need for mental health services and patient health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Sixty-three parents rated interest in receiving 10 mental health services, and patient HRQOL ratings were gathered from adolescent transplant recipients and their parents. Ninety-four percent of parents expressed some level of interest in at least one of the proposed services. Of particular interest was the finding which showed parents’ perceived need for mental health services was inversely related to adolescent and parent reports of HRQOL on the behavior, mental health, family cohesion, and parental impact-emotional domains. Authors concluded an assessment of need for mental health services and HRQOL may inform the medical team of families requiring intervention.

Cardiac Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, Lung Transplantation, Renal Transplantation

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