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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-36394

Goetzmann, L; Lieberherr, M; Krombholz, L; Ambühl, P; Boehler, A; Noll, G; Muellhaupt, B; Wagner, R; Buddeberg, C; Klaghofer, R (2010). Subjektives Erleben nach einer Organtransplantation – eine qualitative Studie mit 120 Herz-, Lungen-, Leber und Nierenempfängern. Zeitschrift für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, 56(3):268-282.

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Objectives: The communication with patients who have undergoned transplantation is greatly influenced by their subjective experience. This paper deals with this subjective transplant-specific experience six months after surgery. Methods: Following their heart, lung, liver, or kidney transplantation, 120 patients were questioned concerning their experiences regarding the transplantation, the organ itself, and changes in their personal life. Their statements were investigated by qualitative content analysis. Results: Generally, the statements concerning the transplantation were positive. Interpersonal contact with the medical staff and or family members was perceived as very helpful.Two-thirds of the patients spoke openly about their organ. For the most part, their statements about changes in their personal life were positive, expressed in the sense of personal growth. Fears and insecurities occurred as negative changes. Conclusions: On the whole, the majority of the patients expressed positive experiences regarding their transplantation. Interpersonal and supportive relationships played a significant role.


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Other titles:Subjective experiences following organ transplantation - a qualitative study of 120 heart, lung, liver, and kidney recipients
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Cardiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:06 Dec 2010 10:20
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:16
Publisher:Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Publisher DOI:10.13109/zptm.2010.56.3.268
Official URL:http://www.vr-elibrary.de/doi/10.13109/zptm.2010.56.3.268
PubMed ID:20963719

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