Liver transplantation is a technologic advancment that prolongs and improves the quality of life for people with liver disease. Loss of control over one’s body and life is a feeling that begins with the diagnosis of liver disease. This study used a hermeneutic phenomenologie approach to investigate a liver transplant recipient’s experience. A dimension of control was revealed within the description of the transplant experience. In an effort to maintain some control, the recipients adjusted the times of their immunosuppressive medications and continued to expose themselves to situations that could increase their risk of infection. Understanding the individual’s experience and the implications for nursing are described
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