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PRAGUE 2012:

Annette J. Devito-Dabbs, PhD, RN, FAAN and Bronwyn Levvey, RN, Grad Dip Clin Ep
2012 NHSAH Council Program Committee Representatives

The 2012 NHSAH program highlights include a talk titled, Incorporating Information Technology into Pre- and Post-Transplant Care, being presented in the plenary session titled, Using Technology to Promote Self-Monitoring and Health Outcomes after Transplantation. The NHSAH council also played a major role in developing the plenary, Aging Demographic Imperative: Ethics, Economics & Resource Allocation and three key symposia.

Children and adolescents frequently face significant developmental challenges from the time of transplant through the time they transition to adult programs. Neurocognitive, Psychosocial and Behavioral Issues in Children and Adolescents is a pre-meeting symposium jointly facilitated by pediatric and nursing councils to address non-clinical issues (psychosocial, behavioral and neurocognitive) in children after thoracic transplantation.

Caregivers are a crucial component to successful outcomes for our patients, thus in the Focus on Caregivers - Investing in our Patients' Future symposium, a panel of experts will outline unique approaches to address needs of caregivers so they can continue to provide optimal care to transplant recipients and MCS patients.

In recognizing that transplantation is a chronic condition, development of self-management strategies is a key component to improving long-term outcomes post thoracic transplantation. Presenters in the symposium, Self-Management in End-Stage Heart Lung Disease and Transplantation, will describe important principles of 'self-management,' including management of the medical and pharmaceutical regimens, emotions and new life roles for both adult and pediatric patients.

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