July 4, 2011

Stress and Coping in Caregivers of Patients Awaiting Solid Organ Transplantation


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This studied evaluated stress and coping in 612 primary caregivers of potential candidates for lung, liver, heart, and/or kidney transplantation at the time of the candidate’s initial pre-transplant psychosocial evaluation. Caregivers were generally well adjusted, with only 17% exhibiting clinical symptoms of depression and 13% reporting clinical levels of anxiety. Caregivers evidenced a high degree of ‘socially desirable’ responding, which they postulated may reflect a deliberate effort to not jeopardize patients’ listing status. A better understanding of how the psychosocial impact on caregivers may change while waiting and after transplant can help devise strategies to minimize the burden on the caregivers and patients and enhance psychosocial outcomes.

Cardiac Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, Lung Transplantation, Renal Transplantation

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