Consideration of psychosocial issues in transplant is crucial to the good care of these patients. There continues to be areas of needed research. The care of these patients requires a true multidisciplinary approach with nurses, doctors, social workers, ethicists, mental health and substance abuse experts. Understanding of the basic psychosocial issues is important for all staff involved in the care of these patients.

Selected Readings

1. Rodrigue, J. R. 2001. Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Transplantation (1st edition). New York: Plenum Publishing Corporation.

2. deVilla VH, Lo C, Chen C. Ethics and rationale of living-donor liver transplantation in Asia. Transplantation, 2003; 75(3):S2-S5.

3. American Psychiatric Association. 1994. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 4th ed. Washington, DC.

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