The impact of pancreas transplantation on patient employment opportunities

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Background: A questionnaire study was designed to determine whether the quality of life benefit provided by receiving a kidney-pancreas (KP) transplant increased the incentive to return to work, compared with patients receiving a kidney alone (KA) transplant. Methods: A confidential questionnaire was sent to 58 patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus who had functioning grafts at least 6 months post-transplant. Thirty-eight patients had received a KP transplant and 20 patients, a KA transplant. Results: Eighty-three percent of patients returned the questionnaire (87% of KP and 75% of KA patients [p: non-significant (ns)]. The pre-transplant demographic variables of age, gender, educational status, and need for dialysis, were equivalent between the KP and KA groups, respectively (p: ns). At the time of transplantation 39% of KP patients and 33% of KA patients were employed at least 20 h/wk (p: ns). However, post-transplant significantly more KP patients (73%) were working compared with KA patients (27%, p: 0.04). Additionally, pre-transplant employment was independently associated with post-transplant work status (p: 0.01). Conclusion: These data suggest that the improvement in quality of life associated with pancreas transplantation provide an added incentive for diabetics with renal insufficiency to seek employment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-52
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004


  • Employment
  • Pancreas transplantation
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Immunology


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