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Med Clin North Am. 2010 Nov;94(6):1241-54, xii. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2010.08.005.

An approach to the patient with organ failure: transplantation and end-of-life treatment decisions.

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Department of Psychiatry, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA. cathy.crone@inova.org

Abstract

Organ transplantation offers an opportunity for extended survival and enhanced quality of life to patients with end-stage organ disease. Significant challenges are associated with both pre- and post-transplantation care, however, that require awareness of psychiatric issues in this patient population. Ventricular assist devices have added another dimension to patient care and to quality-of-life considerations. Unfortunately, effective incorporation of palliative care and end-of-life discussions is frequently overlooked during caretaking of these patients.

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20951281
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10.1016/j.mcna.2010.08.005
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