Literacy, Cognition, and Clinical Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Patients

Study Description: The primary aim of this project is to test the hypothesis that low literacy level and cognitive impairment are risk factors for poor kidney transplantation (KT) clinical outcomes. The study will assess pre- and post-KT recipients? literacy levels by the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM) test and cognitive function by the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA). Post-KT patients? hospitalizations, infections, and acute rejections following transplantation will be retrospectively analyzed and compared to literacy level and cognitive function to investigate association. We will use any association found in the post-KT patient population to identify pre-KT patients at risk for poor clinical outcomes. Literacy levels and cognitive function of assessed pre-KT patients will be put into a database. When any of these assessed patients receive a transplant, they will be followed over five years following their transplantation surgeries, documenting clinical outcomes and complications. Findings from this study may aid pre-transplant committees and physicians to identify at-risk pre-KT patients early and provide interventions to ensure successful post-KT clinical outcomes. Possible interventions include education materials, simpler instructions for medication regimens, home visitations, and contacts with social workers.

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Principal Investigator: Laura Mulloy

Eligibility Criteria: Inclusion: Pre and Post Kidney Transplanted patients from Augusta University (AU) Aged 18 years and older Subjects attending transplant clinics from May 2017 to July 2017 English speaking Exclusions: Non-speaking English Hearing impairing and/or visually impaired. Kidney transplanted patients within past 1 month

Compensation: No, subjects will not be compensated.


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