Analysis of quality-of-life effects is part of the current technology assessment of the Dutch orthotopic liver transplant-program.
Data are collected by means of computer-assisted interviewing, including one interview before transplantation and annual follow-up interviews. Data on psychiatric morbidity are obtained from medical records.
This article shows preliminary results of a cross-sectional analysis of data collected from 1987 to 1989. Eighty-eight measurements were obtained from 46 adult patients (response rate 82%). Pretransplant scores suggest major restrictions on all domains of life, especially a low amount of energy. After transplantation all indicators show improvement, although the level of the general population is not always attained. Improvement of subjective quality of life is more marked, possibly due to euphoria at surviving the hazardous procedure. Psychiatric events occurred only infrequently.
We conclude that orthotopic liver transplantation contributes positively to the quality of life of surviving patients. In addition, computer-assisted interviewing proved to be a feasible survey technique, even when very ill patients were involved.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Apr-1992|
- HEPATIC TRANSPLANTATION