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Impact of lung transplantation on recipient quality of life: a serial, prospective, multicenter analysis through the first posttransplant year.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23188377     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QOL) is an important but understudied outcome after lung transplantation. Previous cross-sectional, single-center studies suggest improved QOL, but few prior longitudinal multicenter data exist regarding the effect of transplantation on the patient’s QOL.
METHODS: We hypothesized that lung transplantation confers a 1-year QOL benefit in both physical and psychologic well-being; we further hypothesized that the magnitude of benefit would vary by sex, native disease, age, or type of transplant operation. To test these hypotheses, we conducted a secondary analysis using QOL data prospectively and serially measured with the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey, version 2 (SF-36) in a multicenter cytomegalovirus prevention clinical trial. Linear mixed-effects models were used to assess the impact of transplantation on the recipient’s QOL.
RESULTS: Over the first year after lung transplantation, the SF-36 Physical Component Score significantly increased an average of 10.9 points from baseline levels (P < .0001). A positive benefit was observed for all native diseases; however, the magnitude varied slightly by native disease (P = .04) but not by sex (P = .35), age (P = .06), or transplant type (P = .30). In contrast, the SF-36 Mental Component Score did not change from baseline (P = .36) and remained well below population norms.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate that lung transplantation confers clinically important QOL benefits in physical domains but not in psychologic well-being. A better understanding of the barriers to psychologic well-being after transplant is critical to enhancing the benefits of lung transplantation.
C Ashley Finlen Copeland; David M Vock; Karen Pieper; Daniel B Mark; Scott M Palmer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  143     ISSN:  1931-3543     ISO Abbreviation:  Chest     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-11     Completed Date:  2013-07-08     Revised Date:  2014-03-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  744-50     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Health Status Indicators
Lung Transplantation*
Postoperative Period
Prospective Studies
Quality of Life*
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