Invited manuscript poster on renal-related education American Society of Nephrology, Nov. 16-21, 2010. Improving access to kidney transplant information has increased preemptive living kidney donation.Ren Fail. 2011; 33(7):658-62.RF
Transplantation provides the best outcomes and quality of life for people with end-stage renal disease and therefore offers the optimum treatment of choice. Preemptive living donor (LD) transplantation is an increasingly preferable alternative to dialysis as transplantation outcomes indicate lower morbidity and mortality rates and greater graft and patient survival rates compared to those who are transplanted after dialysis has commenced. Despite nursing and medical teams giving information to patients regarding transplantation and living donation, the number of people coming forward for preemptive transplant work-up remained limited. Changing the format, environment, and quality of information given to patients and families seemed necessary in order to increase the number of preemptive transplants. Our data show that we have improved the access to the information seminars with attendance rising from 5 to 15 attendees per seminar (3 per year) in 2005 to average 65 attendees per seminar (6 per year) in 2010. By expanding the access to information for patients, their families and friends, living donation has increased with a growth in the proportion of preemptive LD transplants from 28% (23/81) in 2006 to 44% in 2010 (29/66; p = 0.05). We can conclude that expanding the pool accessing information has increased the number of preemptive (LD) transplants in our center.