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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.


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.


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.