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BURGOS CAMACHO, Viviana Angélica; AMADOR ANDRADE, Adriana  and  BALLESTEROS DE VALDERRAMA, Blanca Patricia. Quality of life in liver transplant patients. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2007, vol.6, n.2, pp. 383-397. ISSN 1657-9267.

A study aimed to describe and evaluate the quality of life in patients with liver transplant in the last 15 years, in Colombia, is presented. Twenty five patients voluntarily participated through an informed consent. Quality of life was evaluated with a semi structured interview, with some items in a scale format, previously validated by a group of three experts. Results were analyzed according to the theoretical categories and statistical analysis. Results showed that the liver transplant improved the quality of life the patients were having in their final stage of the liver disease, both in the psychological and physical aspects; the quality of life was correlated to independency and to an increase in the working capacity. A better quality of life was evident, with a better general well-being, a going back to job, and a psychosocial recovery.

Keywords : quality of life; organ transplant; liver disease; psychological well-being.

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