Transplant social worker and donor financial assistance to increase living donor kidney transplants among African Americans: The TALKS Study, a randomized comparative effectiveness trial

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"Transplant social worker and donor financial assistance to increase living donor kidney transplants among African Americans: The TALKS Study, a randomized comparative effectiveness trial" (Randomized Controlled Trial > Am J Transplant. 2021 Jun;21(6):2175-2187. doi: 10.1111/ajt.16403. Epub 2021 Jan 4.)

In this article:
Lack of donors hinders living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) for African Americans. [The authors] studied the effectiveness of a transplant social worker intervention (TALK SWI) alone or paired with living donor financial assistance to activate African Americans’ potential living kidney donors... [The authors found that after] 12 months, few participants had a new donor activation event. There were no group differences in donor activation events. Alternative interventions to increase LDKT for African Americans on the waiting list may be needed.

Speaker:
- L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, FACP • Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

Moderators:
- Brian Lee, MD • Dell Seton Medical Center, UT Health Austin, Austin, TX
- Reem Daloul, MD • Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Discussant:
- Alesha Henderson, PhD • United Network For Organ Sharing (UNOS), Richmond, VA

For additional information:
"Effectiveness of Educational and Social Worker Interventions to Activate Patients’ Discussion and Pursuit of Preemptive Living Donor Kidney Transplantation: A Randomized Controlled Trial (Am J Kidney Dis. 2013 Mar; 61(3): 476–486. Published online 2012 Oct 22. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2012.08.039)

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