Paula Marcus* Pages 20 - 22 ( 3 )
Background: The epidemics of obesity, diabetes and hypertension as well as the high prevalence of Hepatitis C are the major contributors to end stage organ disease. Transplantation is the definitive cure for end stage organ failure. There is a high prevalence of depression, anxiety and substance abuse in transplant candidates and their caregivers. Integrating behavioral health into a transplant program helps to identify psychosocial problems, promotes treatment of these underlying conditions and improves outcomes.Objective: The goal of the article is to describe one institution’s embedded multidisciplinary psychosocial program for transplant patients.
Integrated care, organ transplantation, psychiatric consultation, behavioral health, organ disease, hepatitis C.
Psychosocial Service, Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation, 111 E. 210th Street, Bronx, NY 10467