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Am J Kidney Dis. 2003 Sep;42(3):431-45.

Quality of life after kidney and pancreas transplantation: a review.

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Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, UK.


There is an increasing amount of data on quality of life (QOL) in most chronic illnesses; some of the instruments used are generic, but recently, there is a tendency to use disease-specific instruments. We propose that recipients of organ transplants be assessed routinely for QOL by means of the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey or a disease-specific instrument; for compliance, by means of the Long-Term Medication Behavior Self-Efficacy Scale; and for psychological status, by means of the Beck Depression Inventory Brief Symptom Inventory or the Symptom Checklist. The widespread use of QOL data in recipients of organ transplants will increase accountability of service providers and eventually increase patient satisfaction because these instruments are patient reported.

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