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Health-related quality of life following liver transplantation

Bryan, S; Ratcliffe, J; Buxton, MJ; Neuberger, JM; Gunson, BK; Burroughs, AK; (1998) Health-related quality of life following liver transplantation. Quality of Life Research , 7 (2) 115 - 120. 10.1023/A:1008849224815.

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The objectives of this study were to report on the health-related quality of life (QoL) experienced by patients following liver transplantation and to investigate the factors associated with its variation. A questionnaire comprising the SF-36 and EuroQol EQ-5D instruments was sent by post to 147 patients who had received s liver transplant, indicated by a chronic liver disease, in the previous 8 years. The scores of the respondents were compared to population norm scores. The variation in both the SF-36 and EQ-5D scores was explored. Many liver transplant patients experienced most satisfactory QoL levels post-transplantation although, in general terms, the levels were poorer than those seen in the general population. The variation in the post- transplant health-related QoL scores was found to be associated with a number of pre-transplant factors: disease severity (proxied by Child Pugh class), disease duration at the time of transplantation and liver transplant history (whether the patient had received a single or multiple transplants). In making clinical decisions about the use of transplantation for chronic liver diseases, consideration should be given to the key factors likely to affect subsequent health-related QoL.

Type: Article
Title: Health-related quality of life following liver transplantation
DOI: 10.1023/A:1008849224815
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/468498
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