How to Measure Success
To determine the success of lung transplantation it is necessary to assess both survival rates and the quality of life data. The current median survival rate for patients post lung transplant is 6.0 years however this rate varies according to primary diagnosis and type of transplant. For certain conditions such as emphysema the survival benefit of transplantation remains unclear. Hence the potential improvement in quality of life becomes a driving factor to undergo lung transplantation. Quality of life outcomes must be considered as a measure of success. Several studies have illustrated a significant improvement in patients’ health-related quality of life up to 3–5 years post lung transplant as well as an improvement in functional status 12 months post transplantation. Results are encouraging for return to work and societal participation after lung transplant and highlight areas for transplant units to improve advocacy and support for patients in re-employment after transplantation.
KeywordsLung transplantation Quality of life Surveys and questionnaires Transplant recipients Treatment outcome
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