Identifying factors in post-operative successful adaptation to pediatric liver transplantation

B. D. Kennard, K. Petrik, S. M. Stewart, D. A. Waller, W. S. Andrews

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In order to identify variables contributing to successful adaptation to liver transplantation, 38 families, at least six months post-transplant, were divided according to transplant team members’ rating into two groups: those with successful adaptation to transplant and those families at risk for difficulties. Families who had successful follow-up periods tended to be characterized by intact marriages, private insurance coverage, less subjective financial stress, and higher intellectual and developmental functioning in the child. Single-parent families who had no pre-evaluation involvement with liver transplant organizations and had lengthy post-operative hospital stays more frequently had complications post-trans-plant. Case studies are presented illustrating the application of this information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-33
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 6 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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