Assessing Transplant Patients’ Quality of Life
Estella Alonso, MD, professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School, and Zeeshan Butt, PhD, research assistant professor in the Departments of Medical Social Sciences and Surgery at the Feinberg School, recognize the importance of addressing and better understanding the complex issue of quality of life (QOL) (i.e., an individual’s usual or expected physical, emotional, and social well-being) among organ recipients and live organ donors. Therefore, Dr. Alonso, Dr. Butt, and their research team members are conducting important work in this area.
With the goal of determining how, and to what degree, transplantation affects individuals’ QOL, the researchers are engaging in the formal, systematic assessment of transplant patients’ medical, emotional, and psychological health and wellness. The team members’ findings are enhancing their ability to:
- Gauge treatment success
- Identify long-term complications that will need to be monitored by medical personnel
- Recognize teaching and learning opportunities, with regard to the implementation of measures or interventions that aim to promote good health and enhanced quality of life.