Session Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Presentation Time: 7:30pm-7:40pm
*Purpose: As the field of Vascular Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) grows, so does the demand for VCA donations. The education materials about VCA and VCA donation currently accessible to the public are lacking, and there is no consensus on how to best educate the public about VCA.
*Methods: We conducted an online Delphi panel with clinical and policy experts in the field of VCA to identify which topics should be presented in educational materials for the public about VCA donation in a comprehensive, relatable, and understandable manner. The modified Delphi method involved two rounds of surveys designed to facilitate consensus within a group. We developed an initial list of topics for inclusion in educational materials based on a previously reported focus group study that assessed information needs when considering VCA donation. Round one assessed the importance of different educational topics using Likert Scale questions. After presenting 29 topics to participants in the first round, we removed topics that had a mean Likert Scale response less than “neutral” and added new topics suggested by experts in the first-round survey. In round two, we presented 27 topics and corresponding educational statements and asked respondents to provide additional feedback on the importance of topics on a Likert Scale. The Likert Scale ranged from “Do Not Include” to “Definitely Include”. Responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
*Results: We received 18 and 15 responses to the first-round and second-round surveys, respectively. Participants were affiliated with institutions across the nation. At the conclusion of the second-round survey, 21 topics had a mean Likert Scale response greater than “Neutral”, represented as 3.0 (Table 1). The five most important topics were: potential VCA recipients, the consent process for VCA donation, the definition of VCA, purpose of VCA, and most common VCA organs.
*Conclusions: Our findings identified expert-driven topic areas for use in educational materials for the public about VCA. Future research will assess whether these materials contribute to the public’s understanding of VCA and VCA donation. Public education about the opportunity to be a VCA donor is crucial to increasing access to VCA.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Sidoti C, Ferzola A, Sung H, Rasmussen S, Gordon E, Anderson N, Uriarte J, Cooney C, Brandacher G, Levan M. A Delphi Panel to Develop Public Educational Materials About Vascular Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) [abstract]. Am J Transplant. 2021; 21 (suppl 3). https://atcmeetingabstracts.com/abstract/a-delphi-panel-to-develop-public-educational-materials-about-vascular-composite-allotransplantation-vca/. Accessed September 27, 2021.
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