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Title: Exploring the availability, characteristics and barriers of rehabilitation programs in organ transplant populations across Canada
Authors: Trojetto, Tania
Elliott, Rebecca
Rashid, Sakina
Wong, Scarlette
Dlugosz, Kamil
Advisor: Brooks, Dina
Wickerson, Lisa
Helm, Denise
Department: Physical Therapy
Keywords: transplantation
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Purpose: This survey is the first in Canada to describe the availability, characteristics and barriers of rehabilitation programs for individuals pre- and post- heart, lung, kidney and liver transplantation. Methods: A cross sectional descriptive survey was administered to all known transplant programs across Canada. Results: Of the 58 programs surveyed, 35 agreed to participate and six refused, for a response rate of 71%. Heart (n=6) and lung (n=5) pre- and post-transplant rehabilitation programs were identified. All rehabilitation programs included aerobic exercises, strength training and education, and involved a multidisciplinary team. The 6 Minute Walk Test and the Short Form-36 were the most reported outcome measures used, 50% and 33%, respectively. In kidney (n=13) and liver (n=6) transplant programs, no rehabilitation was identified. Over 50% of respondents cited lack of funding, shortage of healthcare personnel and a low volume of patients as barriers to providing rehabilitation programs. Conclusion: Across Canada, the majority of heart and lung transplant programs provided rehabilitation, while kidney and liver transplant programs did not. Rehabilitation plays an increasingly important role in improving physical function, independence, and quality of life pre- and post-transplantation and should be considered necessary in all transplant programs across Canada.
Description: Affiliated institutions include: University Health Network (D. Brooks, L. Wickerson, D. Helm), University of Toronto (D. Brooks, D. Helm)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29454
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