An Approach to the Patient with Organ Failure: Transplantation and End-of-Life Treatment Decisions
Medical Clinics of North America
Palliative care; Psychiatric issues; Quality of life; Transplantation; Ventricular assist devices
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. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.
Crone, C., Marcangelo, M., & Shuster, J. (2010). An Approach to the Patient with Organ Failure: Transplantation and End-of-Life Treatment Decisions. Medical Clinics of North America, 94 (6). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mcna.2010.08.005