December 19, 2011

Psychological Factors Influencing Donors Decision-Making Pattern in Living-Donor Liver Transplantation


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It has been purported that post transplant psychological function of living-liver donors is affected by the process of which their decision to donate was made. This study investigated 165 living-donor candidates using standardized psychological testing and semi-structured interviews, and compared results among the groups classified by type of individual and family decision-making process utilized to donate. Researchers found specific psychological ‘traits’ that could benefit from pre-transplant support. In particular, they observed that donors who exhibited higher trait anxiety were more likely to make an individual decision to postpone donation (compared to making a deliberative decision to donate), and during the family decision-making process were less likely to be part of a consensus decision process. Identifying factors that influence donors’ decision-making process and the impact on post-transplant psychological function can help health care professionals provide appropriate support to donors.

Liver Transplantation

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