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Research Interests – Marta

Research Interests – Marta

Dr. Novak’s research interests relate to diverse aspects of physical and psychosocial health and well-being among individuals with patients living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and kidney transplant (KT). Her research involving this population encompasses:

  • identifying and addressing psychosocial and ethnocultural barriers that prevent patients from accessing KT and living donor KT
  • mood disorders (especially depression) and their impact on clinical outcomes and healthcare utilization
  • patient-reported health outcomes
  • sleep disorders common among these patients, such as restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea and insomnia
  • associations between diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and CKD biomedical markers and elevated mortality rates
  • measuring the impact on quality of life of comorbid diseases and disorders that are common among patients with CKD or KT

Dr. Novak has comprehensive counselling and group facilitation experience. With input from patients from various cultural communities, she is working on several projects to develop culturally appropriate education resources to enhance transplant-related knowledge and readiness, to reduce disparities and to enhance access to KT and to living donor KT.

Research keywords: access to care; cardiovascular disease; depression; diabetes; ethnocultural disparities; kidney transplantation; living donor kidney transplantation; psychosocial and behavioral medicine; outcomes research; patient reported outcomes; quality of life; ratings scales; sleep disorders; whole person care

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