Becoming a living kidney donor

Transplantation. 2003 Oct 27;76(8):1243-7. doi: 10.1097/01.TP.0000087832.27092.4F.


Earlier investigations of attitudes of living kidney donors have been performed in retrospect. We saw a need to investigate in depth those motives and feelings that are relevant in potential kidney donors. With a phenomenologic approach, interviews were performed with 12 potential donors. Seven categories of motives were identified: a desire to help, increased self-esteem from doing good deeds, identification with the recipient, self-benefit from the relative's improved health, mere logic, external pressure, and a feeling of moral duty. In the individual, these categories interacted to create a perception of donation being the only option.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Family Health
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Identification, Psychological
  • Kidney Transplantation / psychology*
  • Living Donors / psychology*
  • Logic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Self Concept
  • Social Environment
  • Social Responsibility