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Liaison psychiatry: heart and lung transplantation

  • John D. Sheehan

Owing to the continuing shortage of organs, the demand for transplantation outstrips supply. Liaison psychiatrists, as part of a multidisciplinary team, have a key role in the assessment of transplant candidates and participate in the decision-making process regarding ‘listing’ the patient for transplantation. Psychiatric and psychosocial factors affect prognosis post-transplantation and there are absolute and relative contraindications to transplantation. The skills of the liaison psychiatrist are employed throughout the patient's illness journey, in the pre-, peri- and post-transplantation periods.


  • Learn the salient factors in a pre-transplantation psychosocial assessment
  • Know the contraindications to transplantation
  • Appreciate the factors associated with a poor outcome post-transplantation



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Correspondence Dr John Sheehan, Department of Adult Psychiatry, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, 62/63 Eccles Street, Dublin 7, Ireland. Email:
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Liaison psychiatry: heart and lung transplantation

  • John D. Sheehan
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