Effects of a rehabilitation programme on daily functioning, participation, health-related quality of life, anxiety and depression in liver transplant recipients
Disability and Rehabilitation , Volume 32 - Issue 25 p. 2107- 2112
Purpose. Fatigue is a chronic problem in liver transplant recipients and may influence daily functioning and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). This study aimed to evaluate the effects of a fatigue-reducing physical rehabilitation programme on daily functioning, participation, HRQoL, anxiety and depression among liver transplant recipients. Method. Eighteen fatigued liver transplant recipients (mean age 51 years, 10 men/8 women) participated in a 12-week rehabilitation programme, which included supervised exercise training and daily physical activity counselling. We assessed pre- and post-programme health-related daily functioning, participation, HRQoL, anxiety and depression using questionnaires. Results. After the programme, patients showed improvements in daily functioning (23.6%, p = 0.007), the participation domain 'autonomy outdoors' (34.1%, p = 0.001), and the HRQoL domains 'physical functioning' (11.5%, p = 0.007) and 'vitality' (21.5%, p = 0.022). Anxiety and depression were unchanged post-programme. Conclusions. Rehabilitation using supervised exercise training and daily physical activity counselling can positively influence daily functioning, participation and HRQoL among fatigued liver transplant recipients.
|Liver transplant, exercise, health related quality of life, participation|
|Disability and Rehabilitation|
|Organisation||Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam|
van Ginneken, B.T.J, van den Berg-Emons, H.J.G, Metselaar, H.J, Tilanus, H.W, Kazemier, G, & Stam, H.J. (2010). Effects of a rehabilitation programme on daily functioning, participation, health-related quality of life, anxiety and depression in liver transplant recipients. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32(25), 2107–2112. doi:10.3109/09638288.2010.482174