Publication Date

Spring 2023

Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Tamara Mckinnon

Second Advisor

Lisa Walker-Vischer

Third Advisor

Michael Francis


patient education, web-based patient education, information technology (IT) based patient education, kidney transplant recipients, kidney transplant


Kidney transplantation is the preferred treatment for patients suffering from kidney failure. It is a complex process that is intended to improve one’s quality of life by adhering to a lifelong treatment plan of immunosuppressant therapy. Therefore, it is essential for patients or their caregivers to have adequate knowledge to care for themselves following post-transplant, which can contribute to better patient outcomes. In a metropolitan Bay area hospital in Northern California, the current state of practice involves educating newly transplanted kidney recipients through face-to-face interactions with the patient and handing out a transplant booklet during their initial transplant hospital stay. Delivering patient education using this modality was met with some challenges, including limited time to provide effective patient teaching and assess patient understanding, lack of standardized patient education, and limitations in evaluating patient knowledge. This Quality Improvement project aimed to determine whether using a web-based patient education platform, Emmi, would assist with improving patient knowledge and follow-up care after three months post-transplant. A total of 45 patients were enrolled in the study, which involved watching a post-transplant education video and completing two surveys on health literacy and assessment of transplant knowledge respectively. The Quality Improvement project aim showed did not yield any noticeable impact on patient adherence and follow-up care. Future studies are necessary to address the subsequent challenges that may hinder the integration of technology- based patient education as part of delivering patient care.

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