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African-American dialysis patients needed for an online Focus Group

Project Title: Reduce Medication-Related Disparities in African American Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease


African Americans with kidney disease are over 3 times more likely to develop end-stage kidney disease than White Americans. End-stage kidney disease is the point where either dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed to stay alive. African Americans are also less likely to receive newer medications that have been shown to decrease progression of kidney disease.

We (researchers from the University of Minnesota) want to study what prevents African Americans from getting or taking these helpful medications.

We are also looking into what pharmacists, doctors and nurses can do to help patients take their medications as intended to help them avoid the need for dialysis or kidney transplant. We need to hear from those in the African American community who have kidney disease to understand their needs.

This research project will involve online patient focus groups to gain information about barriers to medication use that African Americans with kidney disease may have. We will record each focus group to make sure we don’t miss any important information.

We will use information from focus group sessions to educate and train pharmacists, doctors and nurses to better care for and empower African American patients with chronic kidney disease to meet their health goals. We will also develop tools that will help pharmacists, doctors and nurses prevent medication problems and to help solve medication problems in African Americans with kidney disease.

We need 5 African American patients that have end-stage kidney disease that are currently doing home dialysis (home hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis)

Start Date: Now End Date: May 15, 2022

Number of participants needed: 5

Will participants be compensated? Yes, each participant will receive a $75 debit card for their participation

Date patient/care partners needed by: As soon as possible

Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Participant Involvement: Participate in 1 focus group that will last 1 hour and 15 minutes

Patient Details

We need 5 African American patients form across the US that have end-stage kidney disease and that are currently doing home dialysis (peritoneal dialysis or home hemodialysis)

If interested, please contact Julie Gray grayx370@umn.eduas soon as possible

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