Psychosocial data of potential living donors before living donor liver transplantation

Clin Transplant. 2002 Feb;16(1):55-9. doi: 10.1034/j.1399-0012.2002.00057.x.


In view of the scarcity of organ resources for transplantation, donation by living donors is assuming greater significance now that the technical-surgical problems involved have been solved. In the period between December 1999 and December 2000, 47 potential living liver donors were evaluated and a total of 27 hepatic lobes were transplanted at the Virchow-Klinikum of the Charité Hospital in Berlin. The close personal relationships between recipients and donors gives reason to anticipate high levels of psychosocial pressure during the pre-operative evaluation process; this process consists in part in looking into donor motivation, ambivalence and anxiety. The pre-operative psychometric evaluation of 40 potential living donors indicated that most of the potential donors see themselves as 'super-healthy' and tend to adapt to social expectations, while on the other hand those seven potential living donors not accepted for psychosocial reasons were marked by heightened values for anxious depression and pessimism. The results indicate in most cases a great willingness to donate and on the other hand a high level of obvious psychological pressure for a low number of potential donors. For the latter, both the clinical evaluation interview and the psychometric diagnostics used revealed clear-cut feelings of anxiety and ambivalence towards transplantation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver Transplantation / psychology*
  • Living Donors / psychology*
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Psychological Tests
  • Quality of Life
  • Statistics, Nonparametric