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Organ Transplantation Psychiatry 

Organ Transplantation Psychiatry
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Organ Transplantation Psychiatry
Author(s):

Andrea F. DiMartini

, Donna M. Posluszny

, Traci D’Almeida

, and Mary Amanda Dew

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329311.003.0019
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date: 05 April 2020

Transplantation is a challenging process for patients, caregivers, and medical professionals alike. Psychosomatic medicine (PM) specialists are typically requested to evaluate candidates under consideration for transplant. Identification and amelioration of potential psychosocial risk factors for poor outcomes are a major focus of the PM consultant’s role in evaluating patients for candidacy. PM consultants may also address psychiatric and behavioral issues as they arise pre- and post-transplant. An appreciation of acute and chronic pathophysiologic changes and concomitant psychological stress and lifestyle adjustments associated with each phase of transplantation is critical. Common psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic treatments can be adapted to transplant-specific scenarios.

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