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Improving preemptive transplant education to increase living donation rates: reaching patients earlier in their disease adjustment process.
Prog Transplant. 2008 Dec; 18(4):251-6.PT

Abstract

Patients who receive a preemptive kidney transplant before starting dialysis avoid the medical complications related to dialysis and have the highest graft success and lowest mortality rates. Because only 2.5% of incident patients receive kidney transplants preemptively, improved psychosocial education may assist more patients in accessing preemptive transplant. This article outlines (1) unique psychosocial issues affecting patients with chronic kidney disease stage 4 (glomerular filtration rates > 20 mL/min per 1.73 m2) and (2) how an educational program about preemptive living donor transplant should be designed and administered to increase access to this treatment option. Early referral patients may be overwhelmed in coping with and learning about their disease and, therefore, not ready to make a treatment decision, or they may be highly motivated to obtain a transplant to avoid dialysis and return to a normal life. An education program that defines the quality-of-life and health benefits possible with early transplant is outlined. The program is focused on minimizing the disruption of starting 2 treatment techniques and maximizing early transplant health, graft survival, employability, and retention of insurance coverage. Once the benefits of preemptive living donor transplant are outlined, educators can focus on demystifying the living donor evaluation process and assisting interested patients in planning how to find a living donor. To reach all patients, especially racial minorities, education about preemptive transplant should be available in primary-care physicians' and community nephrologists' offices, at dialysis centers, and through other kidney organizations.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Transplant Clinic, 600 Highland Ave, F8-139, Madison, WI 53792-1735, USA. rhays@uwhealth.orgNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19186577

Citation

Hays, Rebecca, and Amy D. Waterman. "Improving Preemptive Transplant Education to Increase Living Donation Rates: Reaching Patients Earlier in Their Disease Adjustment Process." Progress in Transplantation (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), vol. 18, no. 4, 2008, pp. 251-6.
Hays R, Waterman AD. Improving preemptive transplant education to increase living donation rates: reaching patients earlier in their disease adjustment process. Prog Transplant. 2008;18(4):251-6.
Hays, R., & Waterman, A. D. (2008). Improving preemptive transplant education to increase living donation rates: reaching patients earlier in their disease adjustment process. Progress in Transplantation (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), 18(4), 251-6.
Hays R, Waterman AD. Improving Preemptive Transplant Education to Increase Living Donation Rates: Reaching Patients Earlier in Their Disease Adjustment Process. Prog Transplant. 2008;18(4):251-6. PubMed PMID: 19186577.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Improving preemptive transplant education to increase living donation rates: reaching patients earlier in their disease adjustment process. AU - Hays,Rebecca, AU - Waterman,Amy D, PY - 2009/2/4/entrez PY - 2009/2/4/pubmed PY - 2009/3/21/medline SP - 251 EP - 6 JF - Progress in transplantation (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) JO - Prog Transplant VL - 18 IS - 4 N2 - Patients who receive a preemptive kidney transplant before starting dialysis avoid the medical complications related to dialysis and have the highest graft success and lowest mortality rates. Because only 2.5% of incident patients receive kidney transplants preemptively, improved psychosocial education may assist more patients in accessing preemptive transplant. This article outlines (1) unique psychosocial issues affecting patients with chronic kidney disease stage 4 (glomerular filtration rates > 20 mL/min per 1.73 m2) and (2) how an educational program about preemptive living donor transplant should be designed and administered to increase access to this treatment option. Early referral patients may be overwhelmed in coping with and learning about their disease and, therefore, not ready to make a treatment decision, or they may be highly motivated to obtain a transplant to avoid dialysis and return to a normal life. An education program that defines the quality-of-life and health benefits possible with early transplant is outlined. The program is focused on minimizing the disruption of starting 2 treatment techniques and maximizing early transplant health, graft survival, employability, and retention of insurance coverage. Once the benefits of preemptive living donor transplant are outlined, educators can focus on demystifying the living donor evaluation process and assisting interested patients in planning how to find a living donor. To reach all patients, especially racial minorities, education about preemptive transplant should be available in primary-care physicians' and community nephrologists' offices, at dialysis centers, and through other kidney organizations. SN - 1526-9248 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19186577/Improving_preemptive_transplant_education_to_increase_living_donation_rates:_reaching_patients_earlier_in_their_disease_adjustment_process_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/kidneytransplantation.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -