12 September 2014
New research has suggested many patients who have entered kidney failure have concerns about pursuing a transplant operation.
A recent study, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), indicated that reducing these worries would help open up transplantation for more patients. Currently, there are great disparities concerning the medical procedure in terms of race, age, sex, and other patient characteristics.
In order to improve access, it's important to understand the reasons behind these worries and to determine whether it is a matter of clinicians not referring their patients for transplantation, or if the concerns themselves are stopping patients progressing with transplantation despite appropriate referrals.
More than 300 adults were analysed in the study and found that more than two-thirds (68.4 per cent) of patients thought they were doing fine on dialysis and didn't need a transplant, while more than a quarter (29.9 per cent) felt uncomfortable about asking someone to donate a kidney.
The report also found that older age was independently associated with having high health-related or psychosocial concerns, as was being female, less educated or having more comorbid illnesses.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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