Psychosocial Issues Facing Lung Transplant Candidates, Recipients and Family Caregivers

Emily M. Rosenberger, Mary Amanda Dew, Andrea F. DiMartini, Annette J. DeVito Dabbs, Roger D. Yusen

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Although lung transplantation is an accepted treatment for many individuals with severe lung disease, transplant candidates and recipients experience a range of psychosocial stressors that begin at the initiation of the transplant evaluation and continue throughout patients' wait for donor lungs, their perioperative recovery, and their long-term adjustment to posttransplant life. Transplant programs should strive to incorporate evidence-based interventions that aim to improve physical functioning, psychological distress, global quality of life, and medical adherence as well as to integrate symptom management and palliative care strategies throughout the pre- and posttransplantation course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-529
Number of pages13
JournalThoracic surgery clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Lung transplantation
  • Psychological stressors
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Quality of life


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