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Depasquale N Hill-Briggs F Darrel L Boyr L Ephraim P Boulware L 2012 Feasibility and Acceptability of the TALK Social Worker Intervention to Improve Live Kidney Transplantation Health Social Work 374 234-249 doi101093hswhls031The authors of this article aims are to enact The Talking About Live Kidney Donation TALK social work intervention SWI for patients that have Chronic Kidney Disease CKD and will need a kidney transplant TALK was designed to assess patients with CKD and their family members self-identified barriers prior to receiving preemptive live kidney transplantations pLKT A pLKT is initiated before patients need renal replacement therapy which typically yields superior clinical outcomes TALK is important for patients with CKD because it addresses a patients concern that a family member feels coerced or made to feel guilty to donate concerns that a discussions could be misconstrued as donation requests and difficulties in initiating conversations about Live Kidney Transplantations The authors of the article did a trial to see how effective TALK would be to patients and their families To obtain information they audio recorded and transcribed all TALK SWI visits They then reviewed the transcriptions and developed a structured assessment tool to rate each of TALK Patient participants n29 100 percent and their family members n18 100 percent agreed that TALK was beneficial in their initial and follow-up visitsThe study emphasizes using social workers in the process of a patients kidney transplantation It takes into account patients education history race married status and whether they are disabled or retired This is a strength to the intervention because it focuses on reaching all different types of people A weakness is that I do not think enough people were used in the intervention The authors used 29 people but I feel it would be beneficial to use at least 50
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