Background: The decision to resort to living donor transplantation determines a particular condition characterized by a strong mental and emotional anguish, both for the patients and their families. The purpose of the study was to correlate the relational dynamics between donor-recipient, donor/recipient couple with the health team, and the family support perceived by the couple with the quality of life 6 months before transplant and 12 months after transplant and compare the data between the 2 time points after participating in the psychotherapy program of counseling about behavioral change. Patients and Methods: Twenty-seven donor and recipient pairs consented to participate. The quality of life was studied through the Complete Form Health Survey (SF-36). All subjects completed a questionnaire that investigated the 3 types of fundamental relationships (donor-recipient, donor/recipient with the health team, and family support perceived by the couple). All participants were involved in an 18-month psychotherapy program in the pre- and post-transplant phase. Results: The quality of the donor-recipient relationship significantly positively influences the subjective perception of psychophysical well-being before and after transplant. Post-transplant family support is crucial in ensuring a good perception of psychological and emotional health in donors and recipients. The relationship with the health team is important in ensuring a good perception of psychophysical health only in recipients after transplant. Conclusions: This study suggests that patients should be assisted by a multidisciplinary health care team and receive continuous support from relatives during the post-transplant adaptation process. This facilitates the donor and recipient postoperative quality of life.
|Titolo:||Psychological and Emotional Aspects in Living Donor Kidney Transplantation|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|