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The psychological management of facial transplantation

Clarke, A; Butler, PE; (2009) The psychological management of facial transplantation. Expert.Rev.Neurother. , 9 (7) 1087 - 1100.

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Abstract

Facial transplantation is a major advance in reconstructive surgery, providing enormous potential benefit in terms of improved function and cosmesis. Managing the challenges it brings depends on understanding both technical and psychological issues. Research on the psychological aspects of organ transplantation is a starting point; however, issues of altered appearance and identity, adjustment to change, the management of suboptimal adherence to immunosuppression, and how we present and understand risk, particularly related to immunosuppression and rejection, must all be addressed before the procedure becomes a clinical option. This review addresses the psychological issues highlighted in the Royal College of Surgeons Working Party Report on facial transplantation, describing how these have been addressed in the development of a clinical program

Type:Article
Title:The psychological management of facial transplantation
Additional information:DA - 20090710IS - 1744-8360 (Electronic)LA - engPT - Journal ArticlePT - ReviewSB - IM
Keywords:Animals, Attitude to Health, Expert Testimony, Facial Injuries, Facial Transplantation, Humans, Immunosuppression, methods, psychology, Quality of Life, surgery
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Surgery and Interventional Science (Division of)

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