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The obligation to say 'thank you': Heart transplant recipients experience of writing to the donor family
Ryerson University, Toronto.
Queens University, Belfast.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9360-0931
University Health Network, University of Toronto.
University Health Network, University of Toronto.
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2010 (English)In: American Journal of Transplantation, ISSN 1600-6135, E-ISSN 1600-6143, Vol. 11, no 3, 619-622 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transplant recipients are encouraged to write anonymous thank-you letters to the donor family. We prospectively explored heart transplant recipients' embodied responses to the 'obligation' to write a thank-you letter using audio/video-taped open-ended interviews (N = 27). Fifteen of the 19 participants, who wrote letters to the donor family, expressed or visually revealed significant distress about issues such as the obligation to write anonymously and the inadequacy of the 'thank-you'. Writing the thank-you letter is not a neutral experience for heart transplant recipients. Rethinking the obligatory practice regarding the thank-you letter and developing the necessary support for the recipient through this process is necessary.

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2010. Vol. 11, no 3, 619-622 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81689DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2010.03419.xOAI: diva2:555686
Available from: 2012-09-21 Created: 2012-09-20 Last updated: 2014-02-07

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