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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 345-354

The transplant patient and transplant medicine in family practice

Department of Ageing and Health, Academic Foundation Doctor, NHS Tayside and University of Dundee, 1 Albert Crescent, Newport on Tay, Kingdom of Fife, DD6 8DT, Scotland

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Lloyd D Hughes
1 Albert Crescent, Newport on Tay, Kingdom of Fife, DD6 8DT
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Source of Support: I would like to thank Professor Jeremy Hughes (Chair of Experimental Nephrology and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Simon Watson (Clinical Lead Scottish Patient Safety Fellowship Programme and Consultant Nephrologist, NHS Lothian) for their advice and recommendations in developing this clinical review., Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.148106

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Over the last two decades in particular there has been a remarkable increase in the number of solid organ transplants being performed worldwide alongside improvements in long-term survival rates. However, the infrastructure at transplant centres has been unable to keep pace with the current volume of the transplant patient work load. These pressures on transplant specialist centres has led to calls for an increased role of the general practitioner (GP) managing particular aspects of transplant patients' medical care. Indeed, many aspects of follow-up care such as screening for malignancies, preventing infection through immunisation programmes, and managing cardiovascular risk factors are already important aspects of family practice medicine. This paper aims to review some of the aspects of transplant patient care that is important for healthcare workers in family practice to manage.

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