The experience of receiving a kidney transplant from a deceased donor:implications for renal services

O Lonargain, Diarmaid and Brannigan, Dawn and Murray, Craig David (2017) The experience of receiving a kidney transplant from a deceased donor:implications for renal services. Psychology and Health, 32 (2). pp. 204-220. ISSN 0887-0446

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Abstract

Objective: The study aimed to explore the psychological experiences of receiving a kidney transplant from a deceased donor and to examine resulting implications for renal services. Design: A qualitative design was utilised within an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) framework. Main outcome measures: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six adults (male = 5, mean age = 45 yrs) on their experiences of receiving a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. All participants had their transplant within the preceding 21 months. Data were analysed using IPA. Results: The four elicited themes incorporate recipients’ positive feelings about receiving a transplant, mainly arising from the newfound freedom that this entails, in addition to strong feelings of gratitude towards their donors. They also capture challenges, such as the uncertainty of living with a transplanted kidney, and highlight the increased dependence on others throughout the transplant process. Conclusion: The findings indicate a range of psychological, social and occupational experiences for participants. It is concluded that optimal care in renal services would incorporate a holistic approach to pre and post-transplant care; identifying and supporting the needs of transplant recipients. A biopsychosocial model of care may enhance service user well-being. Potential areas of future research are explored.

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Journal Article
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Psychology and Health
Additional Information:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology and Health on 15/11/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08870446.2016.1254214
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09 Nov 2016 13:56
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