Patient Perceptions of Benefits and Concerns Following Pancreas Transplantation

Cindy L. Zehrer, Cynthia R. Gross

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The purpose of this study was to assess patient perceptions of the impact of pancreas transplantation on various aspects of life, as well as perceptions of the benefits of and concerns with the procedure. All surviving adult patients who had received a pancreas transplant at a midwestern hospital and were at least 1 year posttransplant at the time of the study (N=138) were sent a self-report questionnaire that included demographic data, questions about life satisfaction, quality of life, symptoms, and health impact. Patients with pancreas graft function reported less pain with healthcare treatment, fewer episodes of feeling physically ill, fewer dietary restrictions, less interference with family life, fewer health limitations in interpersonal relationships and leisure activities, and feeling good about themselves compared with those without graft function. A majority of patients with functioning grafts cited the following benefits: freedom from insulin reactions, normal blood sugars, freedom from insulin injections, freedom from a specialized diet, decreased chance of amputation, feeling better physically, more feelings of hope for the future, and more freedom and control over life. Major concerns posttransplant included side effects and the expense of immunosuppressive medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-220
Number of pages5
JournalThe Diabetes Educator
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1994
Externally publishedYes


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