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Volume: 6 Issue: 4 November 2008 - Supplement - 1



Today, liver transplantation is a routine procedure in the treatment of patients with end stage liver disease and survival rate is high. In order to promote health, nurses and other health care professionals need to discover and articulate the meanings of lived experiences after liver transplantation. It is important for nurses to know what patients really experience; Appropriate-nursing intervention can be extracted from such an understanding. The purpose of this study was to answer the research question: what is the structure of the lived experiences of liver transplant recipients? A Phenomenological approach was chosen for the study. The purpose of phenomenological research is to describe experiences (or phenomena) as they are lived – in phenomenological terms, to capture the “lived experience” of study participant. Unstructured and open – ended interviews were conducted with 9 liver transplant patients. The method of analysis described by colaizzi (1978) was utilized to provide a rich description of the essential structure of the phenomenon. Seven categories emerged: support, gradual adaptation, transplant outcomes, concerns, fallow up, gratitude and waiting for transplant. Their physical and mental problems prevented those fulfilling personal goals before transplant. Although they had some concerns such as fear of graft rejection, they were at the peace with the world after transplantation. Liver transplant recipients seem to adapt to their situation gradually. Life long medications were identified insignificant to the participants. Social support was essential for recovery. Meeting other patients in the same situation as well as sharing health and life experiences is an important aspect among liver transplant patients .Health professional were universally praised in the study however the fallow up care they received from them was not desirable. These findings have two implications: firstly, health professional especially nurses should take a more active role in continuity of care for such clients. Secondly, the support patients give each other should be encouraged and aided by hospitals

Volume : 6
Issue : 4
Pages : 33

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In-service education unit, Namazi Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical science, Shiraz, Iran