Facial transplantation has gained increasing acceptance as a treatment option to improve quality of life (QoL) for persons suffering from severe facial disfigurement. Despite its growth, the field has yet to establish a consistent approach to assessing QoL in face transplant candidates and recipients that includes integration of meaningful patient-reported outcomes. The published literature suggests that face transplant programs currently use a wide variety of assessment tools and strategies. Moreover, confusion remains as to how best to weigh patients' lived experiences and incorporate them into QoL assessments. Qualitative research can illuminate the dimensions of QoL that are meaningful to face transplant candidates and recipients. Coupled with collaboration and data sharing across face transplant programs, qualitative research will help to bring conceptual clarity and transparency to the assessment process.
Kimberly, L. L., Alfonso, A. R., Kantar, R. S., Ramly, E. P., Caplan, A. L., & Rodriguez, E. D. (2019). How to integrate lived experience into quality-of-life assessment in patients considering facial transplantation. AMA Journal of Ethics, 21(11), 980–987. https://doi.org/10.1001/amajethics.2019.980