Health-related quality of life following liver transplantation

Qual Life Res. 1998 Feb;7(2):115-20. doi: 10.1023/a:1008849224815.


The objectives of this study were to report on the health-related quality of life (QoL) experienced by patients following liver transplantation and to investigate the factors associated with its variation. A questionnaire comprising the SF-36 and EuroQol EQ-5D instruments was sent by post to 147 patients who had received a liver transplant, indicated by a chronic liver disease, in the previous 8 years. The scores of the respondents were compared to population norm scores. The variation in both the SF-36 and EQ-5D scores was explored. Many liver transplant patients experienced most satisfactory QoL levels post-transplantation although, in general terms, the levels were poorer than those seen in the general population. The variation in the post-transplant health-related QoL scores was found to be associated with a number of pre-transplant factors: disease severity (proxied by Child Pugh class), disease duration at the time of transplantation and liver transplant history (whether the patient had received a single or multiple transplants). In making clinical decisions about the use of transplantation for chronic liver diseases, consideration should be given to the key factors likely to affect subsequent health-related QoL.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life*
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Surveys and Questionnaires