Difficulties and Coping Strategies of Kidney-transplant Recipients During Their Dark Postoperative Recovery Stage After Returning Home

Fu Chi Yang, Hsiao Mei Chen, Su Chen Pong, Cheng Hsu Chen, Shoei Shen Wang, Ching Min Chen

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Introduction: Kidney Transplantation (KT) is the best treatment for end-stage renal disease to prolong patients’ lives. To improve patients’ postoperative survival rate and quality of life, postoperative care at home is vital. We explored the difficulties faced and coping strategies used by KT recipients during their dark postoperative recovery stage at home. Methods: This qualitative, exploratory study used a purposive sample, which was obtained from a leading medical center in Taiwan. We used a semi-structured interview guide to collect data through in-depth, face-to-face interviews. Data were content analyzed. Results: Fifty individuals were approached and agreed to participate (30 men, 20 women). Participants’ post-KT timeframe ranged from 2 to 28 years. Seven difficulties were reported: 1. physical discomfort and treatment side-effects; 2. concern about the impact of transplant failure; 3. uncertainty about the future; 4. unbearable economic pressure; 5. concerns about becoming a family burden; 6. feeling that life lacks a purpose; and 7. feeling isolated. Coping strategies included 1. seeking assistance from health care professionals, 2. thinking positively, 3. changing one's lifestyle, 4. setting goals to divert attention, 5. seeking psychological, and 6. seeking spiritual support. Conclusions: By elucidating KT recipients’ adaptability and coping strategies, we hope to improve their quality of life at home. Health care professionals should be aware of the difficulties faced by patients during their dark postoperative recovery stage and promote effective coping strategies. This study informs future research and has implications concerning the effective coordination of transplant medical teams.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3226-3230
Number of pages5
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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