Session Time: 3:15pm-4:45pm
Presentation Time: 4:27pm-4:39pm
*Purpose: Equipping patients and donors with in-depth information about kidney paired donation (KPD) processes, risks, benefits, and protections is necessary for informed decision-making and comfort. Since the National Kidney Registry (NKR) was founded, it has completed 3600 paired exchanges through a network of 85 transplant centers. This study examined the specific educational content domains discussed with recipients (7 topics) and potential donors (24 topics) and compared the content delivered in NKR-centers with high (>62 KPDs) and low KPD (≤62 KPDs) volumes.
*Methods: 90 transplant coordinators, 68% of whom were dedicated KPD coordinators, from 68 centers (80% response rate) completed an educational practices survey (86% female, 82% white).
*Results: For potential donors, >80% discussed what NKR does, definitions of key KPD terms (e.g., chain, bridge donor), how matching works, the benefits and risks of KPD, the process of transporting kidneys, and long-term follow-up requirements (Table). For recipients, nearly all providers (>80%) discussed the opportunity of KPD when their donor was incompatible, the need to wait for a match, and the possibility of not meeting their actual donor; fewer covered payment of complex, out of state costs or financial protections.
*Conclusions: Compared to centers with low KPD volumes, centers with higher KPD volumes were more likely to discuss and educate potential donors about 8 KPD topics compared to lower volume centers (Table). While high volume centers are doing a more comprehensive job educating about KPD topics, greater standardization of KPD educational content for both potential donors and recipients across all NKR-affiliated centers is still needed.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Waterman AD, Ranasinghe ON, Wood EH, Beaumont JL, McGuire S, Miller K, Chipman V, Sinacore J, Cooper M. Variability in Educational Content about Kidney Paired Donation at 68 National Kidney Registry-Affiliated Centers [abstract]. Am J Transplant. 2020; 20 (suppl 3). https://atcmeetingabstracts.com/abstract/variability-in-educational-content-about-kidney-paired-donation-at-68-national-kidney-registry-affiliated-centers/. Accessed May 17, 2021.
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