Quality of life assessment in renal transplant: Review and future directions

Zeeshan Butt, Susan E. Yount, Juan Carlos Caicedo, Michael M. Abecassis, David Cella

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We performed a systematic search of the literature using the MEDLINE (through 2006) database to identify the patient-reported outcome measures of quality of life (QOL) used most often in the renal transplant literature. After applying limits and reviewing references, we identified 338 renal transplant articles with a formal QOL assessment. Among the most frequently cited instruments were generic QOL tools, such as the Short Form-36, the Sickness Impact Profile, and the World Health Organization Quality of Life questionnaire. Other frequently cited instruments were more targeted in nature, such as the End-stage Renal Disease-Symptom Checklist and the Kidney Disease Quality of life questionnaire. In the present article, we review the most commonly used instruments, their use in renal transplant, and suggest future directions to improve QOL assessment in this population. Journal compilation

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-303
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment
  • Outcomes
  • Quality of life
  • Renal transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


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