Is satisfaction with kidney transplantation influenced by personality and posttransplant side effects?

Andrew L. Brickman*, Sharon T. Rothberg, Susan E. Yount, Nancy T. Blaney, Robert Morgan

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Abstract

Kidney transplant recipients are often unprepared for the iatrogenic sequelae of transplantation and frequently express dissatisfaction with pretransplant information about potential complications and medication side effects. In severe cases, they express overall dissatisfaction with the transplant surgery. This study of 112 kidney transplant recipients explored the role of pretransplant neuroticism, a personality trait characterized by negative mood, and posttransplant self-report and hospitalization in determining satisfaction with pretransplant information and overall satisfaction with the transplant surgery. Results showed that higher pretransplant neuroticism predicted the reporting of more posttransplant side effects. Posttransplant satisfaction with pretransplant information was predicted by a subjective measure, i.e., report of posttransplant side effects. In contrast, overall satisfaction with kidney transplantation was predicted by an objective measure - number of hospital admissions - during the immediate 6-month postoperative period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-733
Number of pages9
JournalDialysis and Transplantation
Volume27
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation

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