The providing resources to enhance African American patients' readiness to make decisions about kidney disease (PREPARED) study: protocol of a randomized controlled trial.
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BACKGROUND: Living related kidney transplantation (LRT) is underutilized, particularly among African Americans. The effectiveness of informational and financial interventions to enhance informed decision-making among African Americans with end stage renal disease (ESRD) and improve rates of LRT is unknown. METHODS/DESIGN: We report the protocol of the Providing Resources to Enhance African American Patients' Readiness to Make Decisions about Kidney Disease (PREPARED) Study, a two-phase study utilizing qualitative and quantitative research methods to design and test the effectiveness of informational (focused on shared decision-making) and financial interventions to overcome barriers to pursuit of LRT among African American patients and their families. Study Phase I involved the evidence-based development of informational materials as well as a financial intervention to enhance African American patients' and families' proficiency in shared decision-making regarding LRT. In Study Phase 2, we are currently conducting a randomized controlled trial in which patients with new-onset ESRD receive 1) usual dialysis care by their nephrologists, 2) the informational intervention (educational video and handbook), or 3) the informational intervention in addition to the option of participating in a live kidney donor financial assistance program. The primary outcome of the randomized controlled trial will include patients' self-reported rates of consideration of LRT (including family discussions of LRT, patient-physician discussions of LRT, and identification of a LRT donor). DISCUSSION: Results from the PREPARED study will provide needed evidence on ways to enhance the decision to pursue LRT among African American patients with ESRD.
Attitude to Health
Health Care Rationing
Patient Education as Topic
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1186/1471-2369-13-135
Publication InfoEphraim, Patti L; Powe, Neil R; Rabb, Hamid; Ameling, Jessica; Auguste, Priscilla; Lewis-Boyer, LaPricia; ... Boulware, L Ebony (2012). The providing resources to enhance African American patients' readiness to make decisions about kidney disease (PREPARED) study: protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Nephrol, 13. pp. 135. 10.1186/1471-2369-13-135. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/8335.
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Eleanor Easley Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine
Dr. Boulware is the Eleanor Easley Distinguished Professor in the Duke University School of Medicine. She serves as Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Vice Dean for Translational Science, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Translational Research at Duke. She is a general internist and clinical epidemiologist. She studies mechanisms to improve the quality and equity of health care and health outcomes for individuals and populations affected by chro
Assistant Professor in Medicine
I am a social/health psychologist with training in psychology, sociology, and communication (BA, Rutgers University); public health (MSPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health); and human development and family studies (PhD, The Pennsylvania State University). I have two lines of research that aim to improve the health, well-being, and family relationships of caregivers in the context of middle and late adulthood. The first focuses on the work/nonwork interface of long-
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