Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


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.

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