Stress, coping and health related quality of life in pre and post-liver transplant patients

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Kelly, Clair
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study aimed to investigate health related quality of life and perceived stress in liver transplant patients and how they are influenced by coping strategies and demographic variables. The Short Form (SF-36) Health Survey (Ware and Sherbourne 1992), Perceived Stress Scale (Cohen 1983) and the BriefCOPE (Carver 1997) were used. A total of 46 (N=46) participants were recruited from a Liver Transplant Clinic. Twenty six (N=26) participants were post transplantation and 20 (N=20) were pre-transplant. Post-transplant patients had higher levels of Health related quality of life in all domains. Levels of stress were higher than norms in both patient groups. Self-blame, humour and acceptance were negatively related to both physical and mental components of HRQoL. Author keywords: Quality of life, stress, coping, chronic illness