Symptom Management for Patients Awaiting Kidney Transplant

Supervising Faculty:  Jennifer Steel

Jennifer Steel
3459 Fifth Avenue
Kaufman Building Suite 601
(412) 692-2041

Area of Research:  Health Psychology/Medicine/Public Health

Description of Research: 

Stepped collaborative care interventions are traditional employed in the primary care setting but increasingly are being tested in other medical specialities such as oncology and transplant.  The proposed study it to test the efficacy of a stepped collaborative care interventions in the context of a randomized controlled trial to reduce symptoms (e.g., depression, pain, fatigue, sleep problems) that affect quality of life in patients with end stage renal disease who are awaiting transplantation. Both patients and caregivers will be included in the intervention as caregivers are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Duties of Students:

The student may be involved in various aspects of the study including assistance with screening and consenting patients in the transplant clinic, entering and managing data, assisting with administrative duties associated with the study, and reviewing the literature concerning symptoms management and quality of life in patients with end stage renal disease awaiting transplant.

Additional Requirements:

  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher for directed research
  • A psychology GPA of 3.5 or higher for honors research
  • At least 12 credits in Psychology
  • Persons who are dependable, responsible, and willing to learn

Terms offered: fall, spring and summer

Number of Students: varies