Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Psychology Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Functional outcome following liver transplantation -- a pilot study
Author(s): O'Carroll, Ronan
Turner, Fiona
Flatley, Kirsty
McGregor, Lesley M
Hayes, Peter C
Contact Email:
Keywords: Driving
Liver Transplantation
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Date Deposited: 19-Sep-2012
Citation: O'Carroll R, Turner F, Flatley K, McGregor LM & Hayes PC (2008) Functional outcome following liver transplantation -- a pilot study. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 13 (2), pp. 239-248.
Abstract: Background/aims: We have previously shown that prior to liver transplantation, patients exhibit impairment in memory and psychomotor speed. Despite significant improvement following transplantation, recovery remained incomplete at 1 year post-transplant. This study aimed to investigate the effects of liver transplantation on a wider range of cognitive abilities, and to assess the impact of any impairment upon day-to-day functioning, particularly driving ability. Methods: This study was a between-group design involving three groups of participants: liver transplant candidates, liver transplant recipients and healthy controls. All participants completed measures of affective status, functional capacity, quality of life, neuropsychological status and driving ability. Results: For the majority of measures, healthy controls performed best, followed by liver transplant recipients and then liver transplant candidates, respectively. This pattern was most pronounced with respect to functional limitations, language and attention. No significant difference between the three groups was observed for simulated driving ability. Conclusions: The results suggest that while significant recovery occurs in many areas of psychosocial functioning following liver transplantation, this recovery may be incomplete, that is, many patients do not recover to their full pre-illness status. The measure we employed to assess driving ability was not a sensitive or discriminating measure in this study
DOI Link: 10.1080/13548500701403363
Rights: The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.
Licence URL(s):

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
rocarroll_PHM_2008.pdfFulltext - Published Version319.72 kBAdobe PDFUnder Embargo until 3000-01-01    Request a copy

Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependent on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.