Psychosocial Outcomes of Donors Whose Recipients Died After Living Donor Liver Transplantation

Ispir M., Cumhur B., ŞAHİN T. T. , OTAN E. , KAYAALP C. , YILMAZ S.

JOURNAL OF GASTROINTESTINAL CANCER, vol.51, no.4, pp.1200-1208, 2020 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12029-020-00496-8
  • Page Numbers: pp.1200-1208


Purpose Our aim was to investigate the psychosocial outcomes of the donors whose recipients died after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Methods Forty-one donors whose recipients died and 87 donors whose recipients were alive after LDLT at Inonu University Liver Transplantation Institute between 2012 and 2017 were included into the study. Demographic data form, Beck anxiety scale, Beck depression scale, Beck Hopelessness Scale, Posttraumatic Growth Inventory, Decision Regret Scale, Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, and general evaluation questionnaire (24 questions) were used in all donors by face to face questioning. In addition to the descriptive statistical analysis, chi-square and student'sttests were used to evaluate the differences between the groups. Results Recipient death after living donor liver transplantation is a factor that negatively increases the level of anxiety, depression, hopelessness levels, and repentance of donors, and adversely affects the psychological growth of the donors after donation experience. Conclusion Regular follow-up of the donors should be done psychosocially in the postoperative period, especially the donors whose recipients have died should be followed up more frequently, and their support and treatment should be provided when needed. The donors should also be informed about the psychosocial implications of operative management and postoperative period. More studies are needed regarding the psychosocial problems of the donors.