Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Organ Transplantation: Psychological and Behavioral Aspects

  • Mary Amanda Dew
  • Kristen R. Fox
  • Andrea F. DiMartini
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_609



Organ transplantation involves the surgical implantation of an organ or section of an organ into a person whose own organ is failing. The donor organ may come from a deceased individual or, in some cases, from a living donor. Psychological and behavioral aspects of the organ transplantation process encompass transplant patients’ emotional responses and mental health, as well as their behavior in adhering to the medical regimen both before and after transplantation. The living donor’s psychological response to donating an organ (most commonly for kidney and liver segment transplantation) is also an aspect to consider in the transplantation process.


Individuals with end-stage diseases of the kidney, pancreas, intestines, liver, heart, or lung may receive organ transplantation in order to extend their lives and/or to improve the quality of their lives. Organs typically are transplanted from deceased individuals or, in the case of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Amanda Dew
    • 1
  • Kristen R. Fox
    • 1
  • Andrea F. DiMartini
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Medicine and Medical CenterUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA