Improving Kidney Transplant Outcomes for Adolescents and Young Adults - A Digital Game Approach. [FUNDER: Warwickshire Private Hospital (WPH) Charitable Trust)]

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    PROJECT FUNDING: Warwickshire Private Hospital (WPH) Charitable Trust. £22,500.

    Following a kidney transplant, adolescents and young adults exhibit poor treatment adherence leading to transplant failure. Factors influencing this include patients’ beliefs, treatment factors, and personal support.

    A partnership among Coventry University, UHCW and King’s Healthcare aims to develop an evidence-based and user-driven digital intervention to improve adherence in young patients. This builds on Coventry’s academic expertise and track record using digital game technologies to improve health behaviours.

    We will establish research evidence for the intervention through two systematic reviews of: (i) factors influencing treatment adherence among adolescents/young adults following kidney transplant and (ii) effectiveness of mobile/digital technologies in improving treatment adherence following organ transplant. Validated methods will be used to systematically identify, and synthesise evidence; and reviews registered with an international reviews database.

    In parallel, data will be collected using the KJ Ho creative thinking and problem solving methodology. This technique will enable clinicians and patients to articulate the key issues they encounter during treatment in a structured manner to contribute to evidence from users on intervention design.

    This analytical phase will identify and substantiate evidence for treatment aspects/behaviours to incorporate in a large scale funding proposal to develop an effective digital intervention.
    Effective start/end date1/06/1731/03/22

    Collaborative partners

    • Coventry University
    • Evelina London Children's Hospital
    • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (lead)


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