Impact of technology-based interventions on linking potential kidney donors and transplant candidates: a scoping review

Priya P. Deshpande, Sunit Jariwala, Lily Martin, Ladan Golestaneh

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Abstract

Despite the demonstrated survival advantage in end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) patients of a preemptive living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT), there has been a decline in LDKT among African American and Hispanic populations. We performed a scoping review and summarized the evidence about the use of technology-based interventions (TBI) to not only increase knowledge and awareness of LDKT but also link living donors with transplant candidates. We evaluated 31 studies and characterized them into “transplant-candidate facing” TBI, “transplant donor facing” TBI, and “interactive websites” targeting both donors and candidates. For the patient-facing interventions, 60% of studies suggested an increased likelihood of linking possible donors and candidates. The donor-facing interventions showed an increase in donor awareness and 75% of these interventions suggested increasing donor-candidate linkage. This study also demonstrates that TBI (regardless of medium) that are accessible and customized to the specific target population can potentially increase linkage of donors to recipients and serve as effective guides to connect potential donors to transplant candidates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2781-2793
Number of pages13
JournalTransplant International
Volume34
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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