Nutrition care for renal transplant recipients: an evaluation of service delivery and outcomes

Orazio, Linda, Chapman, Jessica, Isbel, Nicole M. and Campbell, Katrina L. (2014) Nutrition care for renal transplant recipients: an evaluation of service delivery and outcomes. Journal of Renal Care, 40 2: 99-106. doi:10.1111/jorc.12055

Author Orazio, Linda
Chapman, Jessica
Isbel, Nicole M.
Campbell, Katrina L.
Title Nutrition care for renal transplant recipients: an evaluation of service delivery and outcomes
Journal name Journal of Renal Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-6686
Publication date 2014-06
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jorc.12055
Open Access Status
Volume 40
Issue 2
Start page 99
End page 106
Total pages 8
Place of publication Paris, France
Publisher European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association * European Renal Care Association
Subject 2727 Nephrology
2902 Advanced and Specialised Nursing
Formatted abstract

Weight gain post-renal transplantation is common. Recommendations from recent guidelines include providing structured nutrition care to target risk factors for chronic disease in the early post-transplant period.


This study aimed to evaluate the nutrition care provided to renal transplant recipients following implementation of a dietetic model of care and to identify predictors of weight change up to one year post-transplant.


A retrospective and observational study of one hundred and fifty-six patients that received a renal transplant from a state-wide transplant service in Australia between October 2009 and December 2010. Nutrition care provided compared with guideline recommendations within the first three months post-transplant and weight change at 12 months post-transplant, significant weight gain equating to >5% pre-transplant weight.


Only 35% of patients were provided with nutrition care according to guideline recommendations, were older, and had a higher BMI and diabetes. Significant weight gain was evident for half of the patients evaluated. Thirty-eight percent of healthy weight patients at transplant became overweight or obese and 23% of overweight patients at baseline became obese at 12 months. After multivariate analysis, time on dialysis was independently associated with weight change at 12 months.


Nutrition care provided did not meet guideline recommendations, highlighting difficulty in implementing evidence to practice. Significant weight gain was evident particularly in patients classified as ‘healthy weight’ at the time of transplant. Long-term, prospective studies are needed to determine the effectiveness of implementing nutrition care to attenuate weight gain and improve clinical outcomes.
Keyword Clinical guidelines
Renal transplantation
Weight gain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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