Contribution of post-transplant social support to the quality of life of transplant recipients

Muammer Cetingok, Donna Hathaway, Rebecca Winsett

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Abstract

With advances in medicine and pharmacology, post-transplant quality of life (QoL) has become a major concern of researchers. In social work transplant practice, provision of social support towards QoL warrants attention. The purposes of this study were (1) to describe the social support networks of kidney, liver, and pancreas transplant recipients during the post-transplant phase of their recovery, and (2) to examine the correlations between the types and nature of social support networks and the QoL of these transplant recipients. We conducted an exploratory-descriptive study in a US university's transplant clinic. Instruments were the Social Network Map, Adult Self-Image Scale, Sickness Impact Profile, and Quality of Life Index. Descriptive statistics, and correlation analyses were used with a significance level of.05. We observed correlations between concrete and emotional support, and direction, closeness and duration of support, and QoL. Based on our findings, we discussed implications for research and practice. doi:10.1300/J010v45n03_03

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-56
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 16 2007

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Social Support
Quality of Life
Transplants
Sickness Impact Profile
Social Work
Transplant Recipients
Pancreas
Research Personnel
Medicine
Pharmacology
Kidney
Liver
Research

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Contribution of post-transplant social support to the quality of life of transplant recipients. / Cetingok, Muammer; Hathaway, Donna; Winsett, Rebecca.

In: Social Work in Health Care, Vol. 45, No. 3, 16.08.2007, p. 39-56.

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