Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
Annotated Abstracts of Journal Articles
Annotations by Paula Zimbrean, MD, FAPM
PUBLICATION #1 — Transplant Psychiatry
The impact of the donors' and recipients' medical complications on living kidney donors' mental health
Timmerman L, Laging M, Timman R, et al
J Transpl Int 2016; 29(5):589-602
The finding: This study found that psychological well-being of living kidney kidney donors correlated with posttransplant medical complications of both donors and recipients.
Strength and weaknesses: The study assessed prospectively the psychological status of living kidney donors using Brief Symptom Inventory, The Dutch Mental Health Continuum-Short Form and Positive And Negative Affect Schedule pre- and post-donations. The authors analyzed the correlations between medical complications of both donor and recipient and the psychological status.
Relevance: Psychiatric complications in living kidney donors are rare. This study identifies risk factors for these potential complications and allows providers to focus their effort for screening and treatment in patients who are at higher risk of developing psychological complications post-donation.
PUBLICATION #2 — Transplant Psychiatry
Living with the unknown: posttraumatic stress disorder in pediatric bone marrow transplantation survivors and their mothers
Taskıran G, Adanır AS, Özatalay E
Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2016 Mar; 7:1-10 [Epub ahead of print]
The finding: There is a high rate of PTSD in children who undergo bone marrow transplantation.
Strength and weaknesses: This study assessed systematically PTSD in children who receive BMT and their mothers. It is a small study and the authors did not control for factors that increase risk for PTSD such as previous trauma.
Relevance: Nevertheless the high rate of PTSD found in this group supports further investigation and should encourage clinicians to consider screening for PTSD in this population.
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