The lack of predictive value of preoperative psychologic distress for postoperative medical outcome in heart transplant recipients

R. A. Maricle, J. D. Hosenpud, Douglas Norman, George Pantely, A. M. Cobanoglu, Albert Starr

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This follow-up study of 58 heart recipients an average of 2 years after transplantation did not show that the Symptom Checklist 90R, a self-report measure of psychologic distress, predicted medical outcome. Mortality and medical morbidity (graft rejection and infection rate) were the outcome variables used. The findings tend to argue against the validity of some aspects of the psychiatric screening of transplant candidates if prediction of patients' ultimate risk of mortality or medical morbidity is the validation standard.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)942-947
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

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