Last updated on June 2020

Testing the Effect of KnowMAP (Knowledge Management for Renal Transplant Recipients). A Randomized Controlled Study

Brief description of study

A randomized controlled study (RCT) aiming to test the effect of a new health literacy intervention for renal transplant recipients, KnowMAP (knowledge management for renal transplant recipients).

Detailed Study Description

Every year about 250-300 kidney transplantations are performed at Oslo University Hospital in Norway. Considerable improvements have recently emerged within kidney transplantation in relation to survival and quality of life. However, after transplantation, adherence to immunosuppressive drug therapy and other medical advices is crucial for staying healthy, keeping the graft, and retain good quality of life. In case of graft loss the patient has to return to dialysis, representing reduced functioning, fatigue and negative impact on quality of life. Dialysis also leads to higher costs for the society and in many cases a need for re-transplantation. A key challenge to adherence is the ability to gain access to, understand and use health information, defined as health literacy by the WHO. For renal transplant recipients preparedness for handling information and going through transplantation is essential. Hence, supporting the patients becoming reflective and health literate knowledge users is crucial.

Through a RCT this project aims to test the effect of a new health communication intervention, KnowMAP (knowledge management for renal transplant recipients), as compared with standard care in patients undergoing renal transplantation.

KnowMap is a novel intervention designed by clinicians and researchers at Oslo University Hospital (OUS), University of Oslo (UiO) and University of Stavanger (UiS). The intervention is targeting knowledge management skills of patients by using motivational interview (MI) techniques. It represents 4 sessions of individual patient counselling starting the first week after the transplantation.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT04296955

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