The purpose of this retrospective, quantitative, secondary data analysis pilot study was to examine if a relationship exists between adult attachment and liver transplant outcomes. A medical record review with a sample size of 20 was utilized for a period of six months post-transplant to analyze relationship occurrences among pre-transplant psychosocial evaluation, pre-transplant attachment scale scores and post-transplant outcomes. As an exploratory study with a small sample size, it is unsurprising that the analysis did not reveal any statistical significance, but the results suggest some possible trends that would be interesting to explore further with a larger sample size. The results support three findings: (a) All patients transplanted had scores that supported secure attachment. (b) Patients transplanted in 2015–2016, fared better overall after transplant than the patients transplanted in 2013–2014. (c) Negative outcome markers experienced post-transplant by the patients in this study were relatively short-lived and manageable and did not have a long-term negative impact on the patient’s health and recovery. The discussion addresses how secure attachment may have contributed to better outcomes and how these outcomes may be attributed to a brief disruption in secure attachment during the most difficult time of transplant recovery, followed by a return to a more secure attachment as a patient’s body and psyche heals and recovers.
|School:||Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)|
|Department:||Clinical Social Work|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Clinical psychology, Surgery, Social psychology|
|Keywords:||Adult attachment, Liver transplant success|
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