A preliminary investigation of sleep quality and patient-reported outcomes in pediatric solid organ transplant candidates

Ana M. Gutierrez-Colina, Grace K. Cushman, Cyd K. Eaton, Lauren F. Quast, Jennifer Lee, Kristin Loiselle Rich, Bonney Reed-Knight, Laura Mee, Rene Romero, Chad Y. Mao, Roshan George, Ronald L. Blount

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The current cross-sectional, single-center study aimed to examine sleep quality in a sample of adolescents awaiting solid organ transplantation and to explore associations between sleep quality and both health-related quality of life and barriers to adherence. Thirty adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 years (M age = 15.26, SD = 1.89) who were awaiting transplantation participated in this study. Participants completed measures of sleep quality, health-related quality of life, and barriers to adherence. T test and correlational analyses were performed to examine study aims. Adolescents awaiting transplantation had significantly lower levels of overall sleep quality compared to published norms of healthy peers. Domains of sleep quality were positively related to emotional and psychosocial health-related quality of life. Sleep quality domains were also negatively related to adherence barriers. This study provides preliminary evidence demonstrating that sleep quality among transplant candidates is compromised, and that poor sleep quality is related to adolescents’ functioning across a number of domains during the pretransplant period. Results highlight the clinical importance of assessing and targeting sleep functioning in adolescents awaiting transplantation in order to reduce the negative influence of suboptimal sleep on functioning during this vulnerable period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere13348
JournalPediatric transplantation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • adherence barriers
  • health-related quality of life
  • patient-reported outcomes
  • pretransplant
  • sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Transplantation


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