An Approach to the Patient with Organ Failure: Transplantation and End-of-Life Treatment Decisions
Organ transplantation offers an opportunity for extended survival and enhanced quality of life to patients with end-stage organ disease. Significant challenges are associated with both pre- and post-transplantation care, however, that require awareness of psychiatric issues in this patient population. Ventricular assist devices have added another dimension to patient care and to quality-of-life considerations. Unfortunately, effective incorporation of palliative care and end-of-life discussions is frequently overlooked during caretaking of these patients.
Crone, C.C., Marcangelo, M.J., & Shuster, J.L. (2010). An approach to the patient with organ failure: transplantation and end-of-life treatment decisions. Medical Clinics of North America, 94(6), 1241-1254.