Health-related quality of life: A closer look at related research in patients who have undergone the Fontan operation over the last decade

Nancy A. Pike, Lorraine Evangelista, Lynn V. Doering, Deborah Koniak-Griffin, Alan B. Lewis, John S. Child

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The advancements in surgical technique and perioperative care have significantly improved the survival of children with single ventricle (SV) congenital heart disease (CHD) over the past decade. The population who have undergone the Fontan operation are growing into adulthood and facing many unique challenges. Past research has focused on functional and neurodevelopmental outcomes with inferences made to health-related quality of life (HRQOL). With the population who have undergone the Fontan operation surviving into adulthood, little research has been directed toward the self-report of HRQOL in adolescents and young adults after surgical palliation. Questions still remain on how these patients will transition into adulthood and whether they will live normal productive lives. This article reviews the literature related to HRQOL in the SV subgroup of CHD. In addition, an overview of newly developed disease-specific HRQOL instruments is presented as well as limitations and future research in HRQOL of the SV Fontan population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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