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Date of Award

Winter 12-19-2022

Document Type




Thesis Committee Chairperson

Dr. Janice Hobba-Glose, DNS, RN

Additional Advisor

Dr. Liise Kayler


kidney transplant, education, protocol, continuity of care


Clinical Problem: The need for standardized education protocols to improve knowledge and improve their quality of life after their kidney transplant Significance: Transplant recipients are at an increased risk of poorer outcomes with inefficient education. Implementation of a standardized education protocol for kidney transplant recipients is essential for best patient outcomes. A formal standardized transplant education protocol would ensure consistent and structured education for the transplant recipients and allow for proper continuity of care. With improved knowledge patients would be able to better care for themselves and it gives them the confidence to make knowledgeable decisions regarding their health. These patients rely on the healthcare providers to give them the essential tools and education to be successful in caring for themselves and their transplant. PICOT Question: In kidney transplant recipients over the age of 18, does evidence-based standardized education protocols verses non-standardized education protocols improve knowledge and improve quality of life for kidney transplant recipients over a 3 month time frame? Clinical Change: After a thorough review and analysis of the synthesis of literature it has been discovered that standardized education has a positive impact by improving patient outcomes after transplant. With having a formalized education plan all multidisciplinary team members have an organized protocol to follow. This will ensure that the information given to the patient is consistent and continuity of care will be maintained Desired Outcome: The desired outcome for this EBP proposal is to improve transplant outcomes when newly transplanted recipients are given a standardized education protocol. This would give the patient the knowledge and confidence they need to make appropriate decisions