This paper explores the role of psychiatry in the field of cardiac transplantation by way of a literature review. The various stages of cardiac transplantation are discussed with respect to their time frame within the transplantation process, the cognitive and emotional reactions of patients within a given stage, and the dynamics of staff, patient, and family interactions. Research and clinical experience in the field suggest psychiatric assessment, follow-up, and, when necessary, intervention are valuable and important in promoting successful psychological adjustment as patients face their adaptive tasks in the various stages of the transplantation process.
Graham, M.D., Mark
"Psychiatry and Cardiac Transplantation,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry:
2, Article 4.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol9/iss2/4