Acceptability of a mobile-health living kidney donor advocacy program for black wait-listed patients

John C. Sieverdes*, Lynne S. Nemeth, Martina Mueller, Vivik Rohan, Prabhakar K. Baliga, Frank Treiber

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Marked racial disparities exist in rates of living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT). The Living Organ Video Educated Donors (LOVED) program is a distance-based, mobile health program designed to help Black kidney transplant wait-list patients advocate for a living donor. This study reported on the acceptability outcomes to aid in future refinements. Participants were randomized to LOVED (n = 24, mean age = 50.9 SD (9.2) years), male = 50%) and usual care groups (n = 24 (mean age 47.9 SD (10.0), male 50%). Four LOVED groups completed an eight-week intervention that consisted of six online video education modules and eight group video chat sessions led by a Black navigator. Qualitative analysis from post-study focus groups resulted in six themes: (1) video chat sessions provided essential support and encouragement, (2) videos motivated and made participants more knowledgeable, (3) connectivity with tablets was acceptable in most areas, (4) material was culturally sensitive, (5) participation was overall a positive experience and (6) participants were more willing to ask for a kidney now. The video chat sessions were pertinent in participant satisfaction, though technology concerns limited program implementation. Results showed that the LOVED program was acceptable to engage minorities in health behavior changes for living donor advocacy but barriers exist that require future refinement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8239
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 2 2021


  • Disparities
  • Kidney
  • MHealth
  • Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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