Pediatric Transplant Rating Instrument – A scale for the pretransplant psychiatric evaluation of pediatric organ transplant recipients


Richard J. Shaw, Division of Child Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, 401 Quarry Road, Palo Alto, CA 94305-5719, USA
Tel.: 650-723-5457


Abstract:  Although the majority of pediatric solid organ transplant centers in the United States employ psychosocial criteria to assess the suitability of potential transplant candidates, there are no standardized pretransplant psychosocial assessment measures. Assessment scales that have been developed were designed for adult transplant recipients and are not suitable for use in the pediatric population. The P-TRI was developed to address this gap in the pediatric pretransplant psychosocial evaluation. It is intended to identify areas of psychosocial vulnerability that may be associated with poor treatment adherence and to facilitate the development of informed and focused psychosocial interventions for pediatric patients before and after transplant surgery. Items on the rating instrument were generated based on a review of the major correlates of treatment adherence in the pediatric population. Data are currently being collected for further reliability and validity analyses.