Health-related quality of life in long-term survivors of paediatric liver transplantation Article

Full Text via DOI: 10.1093/pch/20.4.189 PMID: 26038635 Web of Science: 000355630700005
International Collaboration

Cited authors

  • Konidis, Stacey V.; Hrycko, Alexander; Nightingale, Scott; Renner, Eberhard; Lilly, Leslie; Therapondos, George; Fu, Ann; Avitzur, Yaron; Ng, Vicky Lee


  • BACKGROUND: Long-term survival after paediatric liver transplantation is now the rule rather than the exception. Improving long-term outcomes after transplantation must consider not only the quantity but also the quality of life years restored.; OBJECTIVES: To characterize health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of LT recipients >= 15 years after paediatric LT.; METHODS: Recipients of a paediatric LT performed before December 1996 in a single institution with continuous follow-up at either the paediatric or adult partner centre were identified. Patients with severe developmental or neurological impairment were excluded. HRQOL was assessed using the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0, the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 version 2 and the Pediatric Liver Transplant Quality of Life Tool.; RESULTS: A total of 27 (67% male) subjects (mean age 24.3 +/- 6.7 years [median 23.2 years; range 16.6 to 40.3 years]) participated. The median age at transplant was 1.7 years (range 0.5 to 17.0 years). Seven (26%) participants underwent retransplantation. Seventeen (63%) participants were engaged in full-time work/study. Mean Short Form-36 version 2 scores included physical (49.6 +/- 11.1) and mental (45.3 +/- 12.5) subscale scores. The mean score for the disease-specific quality of life tool for paediatric liver transplant recipients (the Pediatric Liver Transplant Quality of Life Tool) was 64.70 +/- 15.2. The physical health of the young adults strongly correlated with level of involvement in work/study (r=0.803; P<0.05).; CONCLUSIONS: The self-reported HRQOL of participants <18 years of age was comparable with a standardized healthy population. In contrast, participants between 18 and 25 years of age had HRQOL scores that were more similar to a group with chronic illness. Participants engaged in full-time work/study experienced enhanced physical health.

Publication date

  • 2015

Published in


International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1205-7088

Start page

  • 189

End page

  • 194


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