Quality of Life and Coping in Heart Transplant Recipients
As the frequency of successful heart transplantations increases, there is a growing need for information about how recipients and their families can adjust successfully to the many ongoing medical and psychological demands that follow transplantation. Patients are asked to engage in a wide range of adherence behaviors, to remain vigilant daily to the possibilities of infection or rejection, and to change longstanding life styles and habits. Patients attempt to meet these challenges at the same time that they and their families strive to resume “normal” lives. It is likely that these competing demands can tax the coping resources of even the most well-adjusted patients.
KeywordsHeart Transplant Recipient Psychological Demand Medical Recommendation Questionnaire Packet Dyadic Adjustment Scale
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