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J Urol. 1997 May;157(5):1596-601.

The psychosocial impact of donating a kidney: long-term follow-up from a urology based center.

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Department of Urology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio 44195-5041, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

We conducted a psychosocial followup of living kidney donors from 1983 to 1995.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A new questionnaire about donor satisfaction and the Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form Health Survey, a standardized measure of health related quality of life, were completed by 167 donors (67% response rate).

RESULTS:

Of respondents 90% would make the same choice again and 83% would strongly encourage others to donate. However, 15% of respondents believed that donating had impacted negatively on their health and 23% reported negative financial consequences. Respondent health related quality of life was not impaired. The strongest correlates of donor dissatisfaction included a conflicted initial relationship with the recipient, believing that information given preoperatively had been inadequate and perceived damage to health or finances.

CONCLUSIONS:

Only a minority of living kidney donors suffer psychosocial morbidity. Better psychological preparation for surgery and more consistent followup could decrease negative outcomes further.

PMID:
9112484
DOI:
10.1016/s0022-5347(01)64803-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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