September 19, 2012

Impact of a Patient Education Program on Disparities in Kidney Transplant Evaluation


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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of a mandatory pre-kidney transplant education program on completion of the transplant evaluation process. A total of 1126 adult ESRD patients referred from 2005 to 2008 were examined in two eras (75% pre- and 25% post-intervention). One-year evaluation completion rates were higher in the post- versus pre-intervention group (80.4% versus 44.7%, P<0.0001). In adjusted analyses controlling for time trends, the probability of evaluation completion at 1 year was higher among the intervention versus non-intervention group (risk ratio=1.38, 95% confidence interval=1.12–1.71). The authors conclude that a standardized pre-transplant education intervention may help reduce some of the socioeconomic disparities observed in kidney transplantation.

Renal Transplantation

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