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Ruud W. Selles
07-11-2004, 07:58 PM

Young doctors and researchers within Rehabilitation Medicine from
European countries are invited to apply for a research fellowship
concerning a 5 months project (Fatigue after liver transplantation;
see below) at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the
Netherlands. We offer transportation and accomodation, and a
maximum salary of 1000 euro. Please send a written application
including CV and a letter of recommendation from the chief of
department before July 30, 2004 to Prof. Dr. Stam through e-mail
(h.j.stam@erasmusmc.nl). For detailed information contact Dr.
HJG van den Berg-Emons (h.j.g.vandenberg@erasmusmc.nl).


HJG van den Berg-Emons1, PhD; HJ Stam1 Prof, PhD; G
Kazemier2, MSc

1 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine,
2 Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Transplantation;
Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Orthotopic Liver Transplantation (OLT) is a commonly used
treatment for end-stage liver disease. At the Erasmus Medical
Center (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) yearly 40 liver
transplantations are being performed.
Both survival and liver function are markedly improved after OLT;
however, complaints of fatigue remain. In a recent cross-sectional
study of our department it was concluded that 43% of patients post-
OLT experience severe fatigue. Possibly this patient group can
benefit from rehabilitation programs, but before starting
rehabilitation-related intervention research, more information on
fatigue in patients post-OLT has to be obtained. For example,
information on the course of fatigue after liver transplantation is

The aim of the study is to assess to what extent complaints of
fatigue in patients post-OLT sustain after transplantation.
Additionally, information will be obtained on possible relationships
between changes over time in complaints of fatigue on the one
hand and changes over time in disability and quality of life on the
other hand.

In our former study, 97 patients post-OLT were included.
Measurements were performed cross-sectionally on the severity
of fatigue (Fatigue Severity Scale); the origin of fatigue
(Multidimensial Fatigue Inventory); disability (Sickness Impact
Profile); and quality of life (RAND-36). In the present study these
patients will be asked again to fill in the questionnaires. The time
span between the first measurement period (2002) and second
measurement period (present study) will be about 2 years.

Statistical Analysis: T-test, correlation analysis (bivariate, multiple).

Article in international journal.

Period: September 6, 2004 January 31, 2005

Qualifications: English language; some expertise in patient-related
research and data analysis.

Written applications to be submitted before July 30, 2004 to Prof.
Dr. HJ Stam through e-mail (h.j.stam@erasmusmc.nl). For detailed
information contact Dr. HJG van den Berg-Emons

Ruud W. Selles, PhD.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Erasmus MC
PO Box 2040
3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 10 4632543
Fax: +31 10 4633843
email: r.selles@erasmusmc.nl

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