Adherence to laboratory testing in pediatric liver transplant recipients.
BACKGROUND: The objectives of this retrospective cohort study are to describe rates of adherence to laboratory testing 6 months to 3 years post-liver transplantation and to examine demographic and clinical factors related to lab non-adherence and the association with medication adherence and clinical outcomes.
METHODS: Medical chart review was conducted for 54 youth (mean age = 5.0 years) transplanted between 2003 and 2014. Lab adherence (≥80%) was measured as the proportion of completed labs out of the number expected. Immunosuppressant drug-level variability was used as a proxy for medication adherence. Clinical outcomes included LAR, viral infection, hospitalization, and non-routine clinic visit ≥12 months after transplant.
RESULTS: Lab adherence decreased substantially over time. Single-parent household (aOR 5.86; 95% CI: 1.38-24.93) and no history of early rejection (aOR 3.96; 95% CI: 1.04-15.24) were independently associated with non-adherence. Lab non-adherence was significantly associated with medication non-adherence (P < .05), LAR (P = .02), and non-routine clinic visits (P = .03).
CONCLUSIONS: Systematic monitoring of lab adherence may help in identifying pediatric LT recipients at increased risk for excessive healthcare use and adverse outcomes possibly due to poor disease management.
compliance/adherence; healthcare utilization; laboratory monitoring; pediatric liver transplantation
Ryan JL, Dandridge LM, Fischer RT. Adherence to laboratory testing in pediatric liver transplant recipients. Pediatr Transplant. 2021;25(3):e13899. doi:10.1111/petr.13899