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Improving the delivery of patient education about kidney transplant in a transplant center.
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PMID:  23187059     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Context-Kidney transplant is usually the best treatment option for patients with end-stage renal disease; however, transplant rates remain low in the United States. More research is needed about patients' educational needs to ensure that patients are making informed decisions about their treatment options.Objective-To examine patients' perceptions of the delivery and format of a kidney transplant education program in a clinical setting, specifically to (1) identify useful aspects of the transplant education process, (2) discuss aspects of the program delivery that need improvement, and (3) provide recommendations to enhance the education delivery and format surrounding kidney transplant.Design-A descriptive study using focus group meetings with patients at different stages of the transplantation process (in evaluation, listed, and transplant recipients). Data were analyzed by using thematic content analysis.Results-Use of printed materials and handouts, group education format, and patient advocate component as well as bringing a companion were all effective aspects of the education program. Concerns about the education program stemmed from its complexity, technicality, and length. Participants recommended that patients be sent a formal invitation letter, with a detailed agenda and a video on kidney transplant, and that patients be encouraged to bring a companion to the education program. Responses specific to the stage of the transplant process are presented.Conclusion-Concentrated attention to the delivery and content of the transplant education programs may significantly assist with patients' outcomes throughout the transplant process.
Rula Wilson; Diane R Brown; Makini A S Boothe; Francis L Weng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Progress in transplantation (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1526-9248     ISO Abbreviation:  Prog Transplant     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100909380     Medline TA:  Prog Transplant     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  403-12     Citation Subset:  N    
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark.
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