End stage renal disease is a common disability that requires kidney transplantation. The ability of a healthcare team to complete this transplantation can return patients to a much more satisfactory quality of life. Although, treatment and care after transplantation can be very complex. Administration of immunosuppressive drugs is very important following transplantation and the slightest deviation from the proper dosing regimen can increase the chances of rejection. The article states that there is a growing need for proper communication between the interdisciplinary team, which would include pharmacists, especially solid organ transplant specialists. This communication is essential to reduce the risk of rejection. As future pharmacists we need to be at the forefront to help create guidelines and protocols for such procedures. We need to establish ourselves as a crucial member of the healthcare team, proving positive outcomes for the patients and hospital units we serve. Adherence following treatment is also a huge issue for patients that have unsuccessful transplants. As the pharmacist how can we best address this issue using our motivational interviewing techniques?
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