The core of social functioning after solid organ transplantation

Anna Forsberg, Josefine Cavallini, Isabell Fridh, Annette Lennerling

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Social function is a key aspect of health‐related quality of life after solid organ transplantation (SOT). The focus of this study was to report how solid organ‐transplanted patients change their social function after transplantation.
To investigate the main concerns associated with social function after SOT and how solid organ transplant recipients (SOTRs) deal with these concerns.
Twenty SOTRs, 13 men and 7 women, with a mean age of 54 years (range 22–75 years) and due for their first‐year follow‐up were included in this study. The informants had received various types of solid organs. Data were collected through in‐depth interviews, which were recorded and transcribed verbatim for analysis by the method of grounded theory (GT) developed by Charmaz.
The GT of this study describes the efforts by the 20 SOTRs to adapt socially in order to maintain their social functioning and leading a normal life. The efforts summaries a process wherein the generated GT is present through three main categories: deconstruction, restriction and reconstruction, showing various ways to socially adapt. Through this process, a clear path of transition through adaptation is evident, starting before transplantation and continues beyond the first year after transplantation.
Social functions improved through a process of adaptation during the first year after transplantation. Working and travelling were the two most important aspects of social function. All the informants emphasised the importance of regaining a normal life, which was the outcome of a successful adaptation.
Sidor (från-till)458–465
TidskriftScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Tidigt onlinedatum2015 sep 22
StatusPublished - 2016

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