Partner Highlight: Transplant Ambassador Program
In 2016, living donor kidney transplant rates had remained stagnant for more than a decade. This prompted a group of kidney patients and living donors to get together to discuss the barriers to kidney transplantation and what could be done to overcome them. A key recommendation from this workshop was to establish a peer support program embedded within the hospitals to provide kidney patients, their families, and potential kidney donors with regular opportunities to see and hear from people who had successfully transplant experiences. Shortly after that, the Transplant Ambassador Program (TAP) was developed by a group of dedicated volunteers and became part of one of the 18 multidisciplinary research projects which would make up Can-SOLVE CKD, a national kidney research network of kidney researchers and patients.
Critical to TAP’s integration into the 27 regional renal hospitals across Ontario, is an ongoing collaboration with the Ontario Renal Network (ORN) and Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN – Ontario Health) as part of the Access to Kidney Transplant (AKT) Strategy which has a goal of increasing living donor transplants in Ontario to at least 300 annually by 2025.
Visit the TAP website here.
New to CDTRP Patient Portal!
Are you looking for a living kidney donor, or know someone who is?
If so, have you seen our new & one of a kind resource, TAP’s Patients Seeking Donors?
The Patients Seeking Donors Project aims to help kidney patients spread awareness of their need for a living donor kidney transplant and potentially match eligible living kidney donors with Canadians in need of life-saving transplant.
Right from the website, you can create your own Patient Profile: Patient Profile Questionnaire – Transplant Ambassador Program.
CDTRP Patient Portal
The CDTRP Patient Portal was created with the idea of helping patients across Canada navigate a complicated landscape to easily find the valuable resources that are available to help and support them in their transplant journey. The Patient Portal is helping transplant recipients obtain information related to their type of transplant, a resource map based on their geographical location, and a listing of research projects that are seeing patient participation. The purpose of this tool is to link patients with the wealth of resources and support that are currently available to them through a vast number of partners across Canada and to empower patients to improve self-management skills and self-efficacy.
CDTRP’s Patient Portal is an incredible database for Canadian transplant resources for patients and caregivers, just like the Patients Seeking Donors initiative.
Follow this link to find Patients Seeking Donors on the Patient Portal.
And while you’re there, stay awhile and browse the Patient Portal’s extensive database of resources, news, and events!