Improvement in quality of life after lung transplantation: a preliminary study. The University of Washington Medical Center Lung Transplant Study Group

J Heart Lung Transplant. 1995 Sep-Oct;14(5):870-7.


Background: Lung transplantation is an expensive therapeutic option for a number of endstage conditions. Improving health-related quality of life is an important objective of transplantation.

Methods: We report quality of life measurements in 21 waiting list patients and 23 patients after transplantation with seven different pulmonary conditions using two standardized instruments: the Sickness Impact Profile and the standard gamble.

Results and conclusions: This cross-sectional study indicates the following: (1) overall quality of life improves significantly after transplantation; (2) although most dimensions of functional disability improve after transplantation, some aspects may suffer; (3) quality of life gains after transplantation may not be equal for all pretransplantation conditions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life*