Published online Oct 27, 2022. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v14.i10.1899
Peer-review started: June 6, 2022
First decision: July 12, 2022
Revised: August 21, 2022
Accepted: September 21, 2022
Article in press: September 21, 2022
Published online: October 27, 2022
Living donor liver transplantation is a safe alternative for patients on a liver tran
To evaluate the socio-demographics and psychological aspects (QOL, depression, and anxiety) of PLLD for pediatric liver transplantation in a cohort of 250 patients.
This was a retrospective cohort study of 250 PLLD who underwent psychological pre-donation evaluation between 2015 and 2019. All the recipients were children. The Beck anxiety inventory, Beck depression inventory, and 36-item short-form health survey (SF-36) scores were used to evaluate anxiety (Beck anxiety inventory), depression (Beck depression inventory), and QOL, respectively.
A total of 250 PLLD were evaluated. Most of them were women (54.4%), and the mean age was 29.2 ± 7.2 years. A total of 120 (48.8%) PLLD were employed at the time of evaluation for donation; however, most had low income (57% earned < 2 times the minimum wage). A total of 110 patients (44%) did not finish the donation process, and 247 PLLD answered a questionnaire to evaluate depression, anxiety, and QOL (SF-36). Prevalence of depr
PLLD had a low prevalence of anxiety and depression. The foundation for effective and sat
Core Tip: The role of a pre-donation sociopsychological evaluation of a donor candidate is as important to the success of the procedure as is the medical assessment. This implies recovery from the operation and prompt engagement in pre-transplant professional and social activities without leading to psychological or physical distress. The present study evaluates socio-demographics and psychological aspects of potential living liver donors for pediatric liver transplantation in a cohort of 250 patients. It also investigates specific questions regarding donation, decision-making processes, and feelings of ambivalence.