Willingness of the United States general public to participate in kidney paired donation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Availability of kidney paired donation (KPD) is increasing in the United States, and a national system through UNOS is forthcoming. However, little is known about attitudes toward KPD among the general public, from which donors (particularly non-directed) are drawn. METHODS: In a national study, we assessed the public's attitudes regarding participation in KPD. RESULTS: Among 845 randomly selected participants, 85.2% of respondents were either "extremely willing" or "very willing" to participate in KPD. Experiences with the medical or organ transplant systems, such as undergoing surgery, having a primary medical provider, a living will, a friend who donated or received an organ, and considering donation after death, were associated with increased willingness. However, increased age, male sex, African American race, Hispanic ethnicity, distrust of the medical system, and not understanding organ allocation were associated with less willingness. CONCLUSIONS: We identify strong support for KPD but some important potential barriers to participation which should be considered as KPD programs are implemented.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Segev, DL; Powe, NR; Troll, MU; Wang, N-Y; Montgomery, RA; Boulware, LE

Published Date

  • September 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 714 - 721

PubMed ID

  • 22404601

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4067490

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1399-0012

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1399-0012.2012.01596.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Denmark