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  1. Sasso-Mendes, Karina Dal PhD, MSc, RN
  2. da Costa Ziviani, Luciana RN
  3. Rossin, Fabiana Murad RN
  4. Ribeiro, Katia Prado RN
  5. Pace, Ana Emilia PhD, RN
  6. Ohler, Linda MSN, RN, CCTC, FAAN
  7. de Castro-e-Silva, Orlando PhD, MD
  8. Galvao, Cristina Maria PhD, RN


Self-efficacy is defined as one's belief that one can perform the necessary behaviors to achieve one's goals. This belief is one of the most powerful motivational predictors of how well a person will perform at almost any endeavor. Limited information is available, however, about self-efficacy in the organ transplantation population. This study aimed to identify the self-efficacy belief among liver transplant candidates and recipients and compare these results with demographic characteristics. The authors analyzed 100 patients who were candidates and recipients for liver transplantation in a Brazilian center. The average self-efficacy score for the candidates was significantly lower than for the recipients. Future investigation is necessary to explore possible interventions to be taken before and after liver transplantation that could influence self-efficacy of the organ transplantation patients.