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Solid Organ Transplant: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

by Kate Lund, PsyD 3 CE Credits

Solid organ transplant leads to increased life span and improved quality of life for critically ill patients who without a transplant would likely die. Advances in surgical technology and pharmacology have made organ transplant possible for increasing numbers of patients in need. It is estimated that the number of solid organ transplants performed over the past fifteen years has risen by 30%. The biopsychosocial implications of solid organ transplant are significant and require careful consideration by an integrated healthcare team in caring for patients both pre- and post-transplant. This course presents an overview of the transplant experience from a biopsychosocial perspective. Emphasis is placed on relevant research on positive coping and adjustment post-transplant. Additionally, the role of the mental health professional as a central part of the integrated healthcare team is discussed.


Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Solid Organ Transplant: Brief History and Relevance
  • The Transplant Process: The Three Basic Phases along the Continuum
  • Illness and Disease Perception: The Individual Experience
  • Psychosocial Challenges of Solid Organ Transplant
  • Enhancing Positive Coping and Adjustment
  • Integrated Care for the Transplant Patient: The Biopsychosocial Assessment
  • Conclusion
  • Web-based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Identify the 3 basic phases of solid organ transplant along with their biopsychosocial challenges.
  • Discuss 10 theory- and evidence-based factors that influence coping with and adjustment to organ transplant.
  • Recognize 8 important areas for biopsychosocial assessment pre-transplant and the role mental health plays in the interdisciplinary team approach to transplant.