Dr. Semyon Melnikov

Nursing - General Program
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Dr. Semyon Melnikov
Phone: 03-6408394
Office: Health Professions, 302u


Head, Short-day studies BA Nursing Program

Lecturer, Department of Nursing, The Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine



Determinants of the Adherence to Immunosuppressive Medications

Non-adherence is described as general behaviors that deviate from a prescribed health regimen. Non-adherence (NA) to immunosuppressive (IS) medications after organ transplant is a major risk factor for transplant failure, morbidity and overall treatment costs. NA rates ranging from 2%-67% during follow-up periods of 2 weeks to 20 years were reported among kidney, heart and liver transplant recipients. Objective risk factors shown to be associated with NA to IS medications were younger age, male gender, non-white ethnicity, longer time elapsed since transplantation and higher number of immunosuppressive medications prescribed. Non-objective risk factors for NA to IS medications included social isolation, low self efficacy, lower ability of self-care, patients’ beliefs about IS medications, perceived barriers, lower life satisfaction, receiving the organ from live donors and others. Our research tries to characterize cultural and social factors affecting adherence to IS treatments among transplant patients in Israel.



  • Kagan I, Friedman S, Shalom E, Melnikov S. The effect of working in an infection isolation room on hospital nurses' job satisfaction. Journal of Nursing Management 2017 accepted for publication
  • Asman O, Melnikov S, Barnoy Z, Tabak N. Experiences, Behaviors and Perceptions of Registered Nurses Regarding Research Ethics. Nursing Ethics 2017 DOI: org/10.1177/0969733017727152
  • Shemesh Y, Peles-Bortz A, Peled-Potashnik Y, Har-Zahav Y, Lavi J, Noimark D, Melnikov S. Feelings of indebtedness and guilt towards donors and immunosuppressive medication adherence among heart transplant (HTx) patients, as assessed in a cross-sectional study with the Basel Assessment of Adherence to Immunosuppressive Medications Scale (BAASIS). Clinical Transplantation 2017, 31 (10),  DOI: 10.1111/ctr.13053
  • Kagan I, Itzhaki M, Melnikov S. Patriotism, organizational commitment and Israeli nurses' intention to report to work in emergencies. International Nursing Review 2017 DOI: 10.1111/inr.12395
  • Melnikov S, Itzhaki M, Koton S. Age-group and gender differences in stroke knowledge in an Israeli Jewish adult population. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 2018, 33(1), 55-61, DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000424
  • Melnikov S, Ashkenazi T, Amra M, Peles-Bortz A. Transcendental Spirituality and Acquaintance With the Activities of the Domestic Transplantation Center as Factors Shaping Attitudes Toward Organ Donation, Progress in Transplantation, 2017, 27(2), 139-145
  • Itzhaki M, Melnikov S, Koton S. Gender differences in feelings and knowledge about stroke. Journal of Clinical Nursing 2016, 25(19-20), p. 2958-2966
  • Kagan I, Shor R, Kigli-Shemesh R, Melnikov S. Between a rock and a hard place: Ethical and professional dilemmas in the management of care and functioning in a psychiatric hospital under missile attacks. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2016 22(5), 401-408
  • Melnikov S, Elian-Antar T, Shor R, Kigli-Shemesh R, Kagan I. Nurses Teaching Prison Officers: A Workshop to Reduce the Stigmatization of Prison Inmates With Mental Illness. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care 2017, 53/4, 251-258​
  • Melnikov S, Itzhaki M, Koton S. Differences between new immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and veteran residents in knowledge, perception, and risk factors of stroke. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 2016, 31(6), 500-506
  • Kagan I, Biran E, Telem L, Steinovitz N, Alboer D, Melnikov S. Promotion and marketing of nursing profession by nurses. International Nursing Review. 2015, 62(3), 368-76.
  • Peles-Bortz A, Ashkenazi T, Melnikov S. Spirituality as a predictive factor for signing an organ donor card. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 2015, 47(1), 25-33
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