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Minerva Urology and Nephrology 2021 Mar 29

DOI: 10.23736/S2724-6051.21.04244-2


language: English

Non-adherence assessment to immunosuppressant therapy with a self-report questionnaire and intra-patient variability in renal transplantation: risk factors and clinical correlations

Alberto MELLA 1, Maria Cristina TORAZZA 1, Daniela FINOCCHIETTI 1, 2, Fabrizio FOP 1, Anna ALLESINA 1, Caterina DOLLA 1, Roberta GIRAUDI 1, Luigi BIANCONE 1

1 Renal Transplantation Center, A. Vercellone Division of Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Turin, Città Della Salute e Della Scienza Hospital, Turin, Italy; 2 Department of Nephrology and Dialysis, Ospedale Maggiore di Chieri, Chieri, Italy


BACKGROUND: Non-adherence (NA) to immunosuppressive drugs is to date considered a crucial issue in kidney transplanted patients (KTRs), leading to de novo donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies (dnDSA) development, acute and chronic rejection, and at least graft loss. However, NA assessment is challenging, often leading to underestimation in real-life settings.
METHODS: NA evaluation in all KTRs referred to our post-transplantation clinic in the period between 01/01-15/07/2018 with self-report questionnaire combined to intra-patient variability (IPV) of the pivotal immunosuppressive drug (based on trough levels of tacrolimus/mTOR inhibitor).
RESULTS: Based on both questionnaire and IPV, 86 out of the 504 tested KTRs (17%) were classified as NA. Male gender (OR, 2.0; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.2 to 3.4), high educational level (OR for KTRs with a degree, 1.8 [95% CI, 1.0 to 3.1]), employment (OR, 2.0 [95% CI, 1.2 to 3.3]), young age at transplantation (p=0.017), longer time on the waiting list and after transplantation (p= 0.027 and 0.049 respectively) were all associated with NA. High IPV was mostly documented in KTRs treated with the twice-daily formulation of the immunosuppressive drug (OR, 1.5 [95% CI, 1.0 to 2.1]) and better associated with dnDSA appearance (OR, 2.1 [95% CI, 1.1 to 3.9]).
CONCLUSIONS: NA is a significant problem, difficult to assess, and can lead to dnDSA development also in our population. Identifying risk factors for NA might be an underestimated tool to improve graft and patient outcome in KTRs.

KEY WORDS: Non-adherence; Self-report questionnaire; Intra-patient variability of immunosuppressants; Kidney transplant; Donor-specific antibodies

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