Outcomes after liver transplantation: Keep the end in mind

John C. Bucuvalas, Kathleen M. Campbell, Conrad R. Cole, Stephen L. Guthery

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Abstract

Since the advent of transplantation as a life-saving procedure for patients with end-stage liver disease, more than 15,000 children and adolescents have received liver transplants. With the improvements in long-term posttransplant survival offered by advances in medical and surgical therapy, the concept of transplantation outcome has expanded beyond simple patient and graft survival rates. The quality of the life years restored, the long-term complications of transplant immunosuppression, and the overall cost of care have been increasingly recognized as important components of liver transplantation outcome. This review focuses on the efforts of a single pediatric transplant center to examine the incidence of, and risk factors for, common posttransplantation complications, to characterize posttransplantation health-related quality of life, to describe the cost of posttransplant care, and to implement novel programs to improve health care delivery. Together, these projects set the future course for research and care improvement initiatives in this population and encourage us to "keep the end in mind" when considering pediatric liver transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S41-S48
JournalJournal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Volume43
Issue number1 SUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Cost
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Improvement

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