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Saint Louis, Missouri 63110


Most people undergoing lung transplantation have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease in which the lung airways are partly damaged and obstructed, making it difficult to breathe. This study will enroll people with COPD who are undergoing a lung transplant to examine how their quality of life changes after the transplant procedure.

Study summary:

Lung transplantation is one treatment option for people with end-stage lung disease. The majority of people undergoing a lung transplant have COPD, and while transplantation can potentially improve survival and quality of life, it may also carry substantial risks, including surgical complications, infections, and pneumonia. The impact of lung transplantation on survival and quality of life has not been extensively studied. In the United States, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the organization that allocates donor lungs to lung recipients. Before 2005, the length of time that a candidate had been on the transplant waiting list was the major determining factor for receiving a donor lung. In mid 2005, the UNOS system changed and began prioritizing candidates on the basis of risk of death prior to lung transplantation and the probability of death within the first year after transplantation. The purpose of this study is to evaluate quality of life factors for lung transplant patients with COPD, both before and after the lung transplant procedure. In addition, quality of life of patients in the new UNOS allocation system will be compared with that of patients in the old UNOS allocation system. This study will enroll all COPD patients undergoing an evaluation for lung transplantation at the Washington University Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Participants will attend study visits at the time of the transplant evaluation and again just prior to listing in the UNOS system. After the transplant, participants will attend study visits at Months 3 and 6 and then once a year for 5 years. During each study visit, participants will complete a computerized interview and health-related questionnaires that will assess quality of life factors, including social life, work life, and home life. Study researchers will also review participants' medical records to collect information on lung function and blood test results.


Inclusion Criteria: - Referred to the adult lung transplant program - Undergoing evaluation for lung transplantation - Very severe COPD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease [GOLD] class IV) that is predominantly due to emphysema - Able to read English - Able to adequately see a computer screen Exclusion Criteria: - Diagnosis other than COPD - Inability to read English



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Roger D. Yusen, MD, MPH
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

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Location Contact:

Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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