Social functioning after organ transplantation- an integrative review

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The way organ transplant recipients depend on social interactions to develop and experience social health and well-being is similar to that of the general population. A transplant may result in a close to full recovery of health status, but the physical and social problems can persist in some patients. The focus on improving the recipients’ social participation has therefore become an important issue. The purpose of this integrative literature review was study social function after solid organ transplantation, that is, kidney, liver, lung or heart. An integrative review was performed on studies that matched the selection criteria and published in peer-reviewed journals from January 2000 to December 2014. The information from the text was extracted and patterns of social function were categorized into different subgroups that were further looked at, and five categories emerged: 1) work, 2) education, 3) daily activities and leisure, 4) social adaption and 5) barriers. The key aspects of social functioning involve five vital domains, that is, work, education, daily activities and leisure, social adaption and barriers. Returning to work appears to be the most important for the recipients independently of the transplanted organ.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • Sahlgrenska Academy
  • Göteborgs universitet

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Annan hälsovetenskap
Sidor (från-till)227-234
TidskriftNordic Journal of Nursing Research
StatusPublished - 2015
Peer review utfördJa