Comparison of Quality of Life and Caregiving Burden of 2-to 4-Year-Old Children Post Liver Transplant and Their Parents

YAYAN E. H. , Duken M. E.

GASTROENTEROLOGY NURSING, vol.43, no.4, pp.310-316, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/sga.0000000000000448
  • Page Numbers: pp.310-316


A literature search determined there are no studies on children between 2 and 4 years of age who have had a liver transplant and their parents. For this reason, this study aimed to compare the quality of life of children between 2 and 4 years of age who have had a liver transplant, and the caregiving burden of their parents. The study was carried out as a descriptive cross-sectional study on 47 children who visited Inonu University Liver Transplant Institute outpatient clinic between March 2017 and March 2018. This study found that 59.6% of the children with transplants were male and 38.3% had their organ donated by their mother. There was a positive relationship between the quality of life of the parents and the quality of life and subdimensions of the children. There was a negative relationship between parental quality of life and care burden. This study found that the quality of life of children with liver transplants and their parents was low and, as the quality of life of children was impaired, the caregiving burden of parents increased. Healthcare professionals' awareness of the effect of caregivers' care load on quality of life after liver transplantation can positively affect the healing process.