Psychological criteria for contraindication in lung transplant candidates: a five-year study.
Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia, May 2015
Hojaij, Elaine Marques, Romano, Bellkiss Wilma, Costa, André Nathan, Afonso Junior, Jose Eduardo, Camargo, Priscila Cilene Leon Bueno de, Carraro, Rafael Medeiros, Campos, Silvia Vidal, Samano, Marcos Naoyuki, Teixeira, Ricardo Henrique de Oliveira Braga
Lung transplantation presents a wide range of challenges for multidisciplinary teams that manage the care of the recipients. Transplant teams should perform a thorough evaluation of transplant candidates, in order to ensure the best possible post-transplant outcomes. That is especially true for the psychologist, because psychological issues can arise at any point during the perioperative period. The objective of our study was to evaluate the psychological causes of contraindication to waiting list inclusion in a referral program for lung transplantation. We retrospectively analyzed data on psychological issues presented by lung transplant candidates, in order to understand these matters in our population and to reflect upon ways to improve the selection process.
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