Publications by authors named "Jasmohan Singh Bajaj"

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The impact of the gut microbiome on liver transplantation.

Curr Opin Organ Transplant 2021 Oct 11. Epub 2021 Oct 11.

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Virginia Commonwealth University and Richmond VA Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Purpose Of Review: Although gut dysbiosis can hasten disease progression in end-stage liver disease and contribute to disease severity, morbidity and mortality, its impact during and after transplant needs further study.

Recent Findings: Changes in the microbiome are associated with hepatic decompensation. Immune homeostasis is further disrupted during transplant and with immunosuppressants required after transplant. There is increasing evidence of the role of microbiota in peri and posttransplant complications.

Summary: Although transplant is highly successful with acceptable survival rates, infections, rejection, disease recurrence and death remain important complications. Prognostication and interventions involving the gut microbiome could be beneficial.
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October 2021

Perspectives of Inpatients With Cirrhosis and Caregivers on Using Health Information Technology: Cross-sectional Multicenter Study.

J Med Internet Res 2021 04 9;23(4):e24639. Epub 2021 Apr 9.

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, United States.

Background: Health information technology (IT) interventions to decrease readmissions for cirrhosis may be limited by patient-associated factors.

Objective: The aim of this study was to determine perspectives regarding adoption versus refusal of health IT interventions among patient-caregiver dyads.

Methods: Inpatients with cirrhosis and their caregivers were approached to participate in a randomized health IT intervention trial requiring daily contact with research teams via the Patient Buddy app. This app focuses on ascites, medications, and hepatic encephalopathy over 30 days. Regression analyses for characteristics associated with acceptance were performed. For those who declined, a semistructured interview was performed with themes focused on caregivers, protocol, transport/logistics, technology demands, and privacy.

Results: A total of 349 patient-caregiver dyads were approached (191 from Virginia Commonwealth University, 56 from Richmond Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and 102 from Mayo Clinic), 87 of which (25%) agreed to participate. On regression, dyads agreeing included a male patient (odds ratio [OR] 2.08, P=.01), gastrointestinal bleeding (OR 2.3, P=.006), or hepatic encephalopathy admission (OR 2.0, P=.01), whereas opioid use (OR 0.46, P=.03) and alcohol-related etiology (OR 0.54, P=.02) were associated with refusal. Race, study site, and other admission reasons did not contribute to refusing participation. Among the 262 dyads who declined randomization, caregiver reluctance (43%), perceived burden (31%), technology-related issues (14%), transportation/logistics (10%), and others (4%), but not privacy, were highlighted as major concerns.

Conclusions: Patients with cirrhosis admitted with hepatic encephalopathy and gastrointestinal bleeding without opioid use or alcohol-related etiologies were more likely to participate in a health IT intervention focused on preventing readmissions. Caregiver and study burden but not privacy were major reasons to decline participation. Reducing perceived patient-caregiver burden and improving communication may improve participation.

Trial Registration: NCT03564626;
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April 2021

Hepatic encephalopathy treatment and its effect on driving abilities: A continental divide.

J Hepatol 2015 Jul 18;63(1):287-8. Epub 2015 Mar 18.

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Centre and McGuire VA Medical Centre, Richmond, VA, USA. Electronic address:

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July 2015