The Psychosocial Treadmill: the Road to Improving High-risk Behavior in Advanced Therapy Candidates

Nonpharmacologic Therapy: Surgery, Ventricular Assist Devices, Biventricular Pacing, and Exercise (A. Hasan, Section Editor)
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Abstract

Purpose of Review

The purpose of this review is to explore the evaluation and identification of psychosocial risk factors during the heart transplant evaluation process with the goal of improving psychosocial candidacy prior to transplant listing. Subsequently, more patients will be able to receive life-saving heart transplant and experience success after transplant.

Recent Findings

Evaluating and identifying psychosocial risk factors is an essential component of the transplant evaluation process. Less research exists demonstrating how patients may be able to reduce psychosocial risk factors over time to improve their candidacy for transplant. This review will describe a program developed for patients undergoing heart transplant evaluation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to improve their psychosocial risk.

Summary

By implementing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary intervention to address psychosocial risk factors pre-transplant, patients can improve their psychosocial candidacy and go on to be listed for heart transplant.

Keywords

Heart transplant Psychosocial evaluation Adherence Psychosocial candidacy Health coaching 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Laura Newman declares no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Ohio State University Wexner Medical CenterColumbusUSA

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