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Standardized multilevel transition program: Does it affect renal transplant outcome?


Weitz, Marcus; Heeringa, Saskia; Neuhaus, Thomas J; Fehr, Thomas; Laube, Guido F (2015). Standardized multilevel transition program: Does it affect renal transplant outcome? Pediatric Transplantation, 19(7):691-697.

Abstract

The transfer of renal transplant patients from pediatric to adult care is a crucial step with a high risk of subsequent graft loss. Therefore, the transition should be a thoroughly planned, well-designed and multidisciplinary process focused on the individual patient. Our pediatric nephrology department introduced a structured step-by-step transition program supported by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals. The purpose of our study was to determine the effects of the transition program on eGFR and number of ARs in comparison to a group without a transition program at one and three yr after transfer. We conducted a single-center retrospective cohort study of renal transplant patients prior to and after the introduction of the transition program. Multiple regression analysis revealed a significantly lower decline of eGFR in the group with transition program (-11.3 ± 44 mL/min/1.73 m(2) ) compared to the group without transition program (-28.4 ± 33 mL/min/1.73 m(2) ) at three yr after transfer. The number of AR episodes significantly decreased from 34.6% in the group without transition program to 9.1% in the group with transition program. The standardized multilevel transition program seems to have significant positive effects on eGFR and number of AR episodes in renal transplant patients.

Abstract

The transfer of renal transplant patients from pediatric to adult care is a crucial step with a high risk of subsequent graft loss. Therefore, the transition should be a thoroughly planned, well-designed and multidisciplinary process focused on the individual patient. Our pediatric nephrology department introduced a structured step-by-step transition program supported by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals. The purpose of our study was to determine the effects of the transition program on eGFR and number of ARs in comparison to a group without a transition program at one and three yr after transfer. We conducted a single-center retrospective cohort study of renal transplant patients prior to and after the introduction of the transition program. Multiple regression analysis revealed a significantly lower decline of eGFR in the group with transition program (-11.3 ± 44 mL/min/1.73 m(2) ) compared to the group without transition program (-28.4 ± 33 mL/min/1.73 m(2) ) at three yr after transfer. The number of AR episodes significantly decreased from 34.6% in the group without transition program to 9.1% in the group with transition program. The standardized multilevel transition program seems to have significant positive effects on eGFR and number of AR episodes in renal transplant patients.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:November 2015
Deposited On:21 Jan 2016 10:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:53
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1397-3142
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/petr.12570
PubMed ID:26260514

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