Psychosocial profiling: a holistic management tool for non-compliance*


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Abstract

We introduce a new concept of psychosocial profiling as a tool that provides the transplant team with a psychosocial framework for identification, intervention and management of non-compliance. This will also increase our understanding of emotional problems experienced by patients before transplant, as a result of living with the uncertainty and medical side effects of chronic illness. Psychosocial profiling is adaptable throughout the transplant process and gives every patient an opportunity of psychosocial support to help him or her into a position of emotional stability and compliance with their medications and postoperative care. Implementation of this strategy will move health care professionals from being gatekeepers to managers and facilitators of holistic care in recipients of transplants.

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