Quality of life following liver transplantation: physical and functional recovery

Authors

  • Leslie Gelling

    1. Research Nurse, Academic Department of Neurosurgery, University of Cambridge, Box 167, Level 4, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, England
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Abstract

Quality of life following liver transplantation: physical and functional recovery

Traditionally health care outcomes have been evaluated by measuring immediate and long-term survival. This paper demonstrates the importance of quality of life as an alternative outcome indicator by considering two dimensions of quality of life and how they affect patients following liver transplantation. These two dimensions are physical recovery and functional recovery and they are considered by analysing the literature exploring quality of life following liver transplantation. Physical recovery is be subdivided into sleep, pain and mobility and functional recovery is subdivided into occupational rehabilitation and domestic rehabilitation.

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