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Title: Identifying the barriers to kidney transplantation for patients in rural and remote areas: a scoping review
Authors: Tara K. Watters 
Glass, Beverley D
Mallett, Andrew J
Issue Date: 2023
Source: Watters TK, Glass BD, Mallett AJ. Identifying the barriers to kidney transplantation for patients in rural and remote areas: a scoping review. J Nephrol. 2023 Sep 1. doi: 10.1007/s40620-023-01755-0. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37656389.
Journal: Journal of nephrology
Abstract: Populations in rural and remote areas have higher rates of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure than those in urban or metropolitan areas, and mortality rates for chronic kidney disease are almost twice as high in remote areas compared to major cities. Despite this, patients residing in regional, rural, or remote areas are less likely to be wait-listed for or receive a kidney transplant. The objective of this scoping review is to identify specific barriers to kidney transplantation for adult patients residing in rural and remote areas from the perspectives of health professionals and patients/carers. Studies were identified through database (MEDLINE, CINAHL, Emcare, Scopus) searches and assessed against inclusion criteria to determine eligibility. A descriptive content analysis was undertaken to identify and describe barriers as key themes. The 24 selected studies included both quantitative (n = 5) and qualitative (n = 19) methodologies. In studies conducted in health professional populations (n = 10) the most prevalent themes identified were perceived social and cultural issues (80%), burden of travel and distance from treatment (60%), and system-level factors as barriers (60%). In patient/carer populations (n = 14), the most prevalent themes were limited understanding of illness and treatment options (71%), dislocation from family and support network (71%), and physical and psychosocial effects of treatment (71%). Patients in regional, rural, and remote areas face many additional barriers to kidney transplantation, which are predominantly associated with the need to travel or relocate to access required medical testing and transplantation facilities.
Description: Cairns & Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) affiliated author: Tara K. Watters
DOI: 10.1007/s40620-023-01755-0
Keywords: Chronic kidney disease;Kidney transplant;Rural and remote;Indigenous health;Barriers to healthcare
Type: Article
Appears in Sites:Cairns & Hinterland HHS Publications

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