Principal Investigator: June K. Robinson, M.D.
Funded by: R21
The goal of this proposal is to develop a sun protection educational program for kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) to prevent skin cancer. Kidney transplantation is the treatment of choice for patients with end-stage kidney disease; however, the requisite lifelong immunosuppressive therapy is associated with developing skin cancer, both melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Our hypothesis is that personalizing the sun protection message for each KTR delivered at the time when the KTR begins to feel better and starts seeking outdoor activity will increase use of sun protection, reduce the number of sunburns and limit pigment darkening. The proposed study develops culturally sensitive sun protection educational materials for KTRs. We will evaluate the effectiveness of the tablet educational modules and the booster text messages among English speaking White, Hispanic, and Black KTRs and evaluate the intervention in a randomized controlled trial. Our specific aims are to: 1) Develop culturally sensitive educational materials with the use of technology and 2) Conduct a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the educational program.