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Research Article

Transplant Education Practices and Attitudes in Dialysis Centers: Dialysis Leadership Weighs In

Amy D. Waterman1*, Christina Goalby1, Shelley S. Hyland1, Melanie McCabe1 and Katrina M. Dinkel2

1Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 S. Euclid Ave, Campus Box 8005, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA

2Executive Director, Heartland Kidney Network, 559 NW Barry Rd, #348, Kansas City, MO 64154, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Amy D. Waterman, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave, Campus Box 8005
St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
Tel: 314-454-8102
Fax: 314-362-8311
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: May 09, 2012; Accepted Date: June 25, 2012; Published Date: June 27, 2012

Citation: Waterman AD, Goalby C, Hyland SS, McCabe M, Dinkel KM (2012) Transplant Education Practices and Attitudes in Dialysis Centers: Dialysis Leadership Weighs In. J Nephrol Therapeutic S4:007. doi:10.4172/2161-0959.S4-007

Copyright: ©2012 Waterman AD, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


When senior leadership endorses quality improvement priorities, their staff is more likely to comply. To honor Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’s (CMS) mandates, dialysis clinic managers must ensure that transplant education takes place within their centers. We surveyed 131 dialysis clinic managers in End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network 12 (the Heartland Kidney Network) to understand their transplant attitudes, knowledge, active educational programs, and perceived barriers to transplant. Few reported that there was a designated transplant educator (40%) or formal transplant education program (33%) available at their dialysis centers. Transplant education most commonly occurring with all patients included educators (53%) or physicians (49%) discussing transplant with the patient, giving them handouts or brochures (40%), the transplant center phone numbers (36%), and referring them to other transplant educational resources (22%). Over half were dissatisfied with transplant education available (56%) and felt that their educators did not have sufficient time to educate (57%). Most did not know that a kidney transplant from a living donor is expected to last 15-20 years (78% incorrect) or that almost 90% of kidneys function for at least one year (71% incorrect). Managers with formal transplant education programs in their dialysis centers were more likely to report that their patients were talking to educators (80% vs. 49%, χ2=11.13, p<.01) and given handouts or brochures about transplant (67% vs. 33%, χ2=14.63, p<.01). Unless dialysis corporations implement specific transplant education policies and procedures, transplant centers support these initiatives, and CMS ensures compliance, transplant education within dialysis centers will be intermittent.


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