Mental Health and Behavioural Barriers in Access to Kidney Transplant

Mucsi-Novak Group

Mental health disorders and a history of non-adherence can be barriers to completing transplant workup and undergoing kidney transplantation. This is supported by our study recently published in the journal Transplantation. Our team collected data from more than 1700 patients and examined the association between mental health and non-adherence, and workup completion and/or kidney transplant. Patients with a history of mental health issues or of non-adherence had 17% and 21% lower rates of completing transplant workup, respectively, within two years of referral for transplant workup.

Targeted psychosocial support may help improve access to kidney transplant for these patients.
Click here to read the study abstract on PubMed.

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