Journal Article Annotations
2016, 1st Quarter
Annotations by Paula Zimbrean, MD, FAPM
Also of interest:
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.
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.