Waiting for transplant: Physical, psychosocial, and nutritional status considerations for pediatric candidates and implications for care

Samantha J. Anthony, Rachel A. Annunziato, Elise Fairey, Vicky L. Kelly, Stephanie So, Jo Wray

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Abstract

The waiting period for an organ transplant has been described as a time of tremendous uncertainty and vulnerability, posing unique challenges and stressors for pediatric transplant candidates and their families. It has been identified as the most stressful stage of the transplant journey, yet little attention has been given to the physical, psychological, or social impact of the waiting period in the literature. In this review, we discuss the physical, nutritional, and psychosocial implications of the waiting period for child and adolescent transplant candidates and the impact on their parents and siblings. We identify areas for future research and provide recommendations for clinical practice to support children, adolescents, and families during the waiting period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-434
Number of pages12
JournalPediatric Transplantation
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • nutritional
  • pediatric transplantation
  • physical
  • psychosocial adjustment
  • quality of life
  • waiting period

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