Racial and ethnic disparities in renal transplantation

J Natl Med Assoc. 2005 Feb;97(2):153-60.


Racial and ethnic disparities exist in renal transplantation. The causes are multifactorial and include but are not limited to racism, socioeconomic status and class, unfavorable geographical location, lack of organ donation by minority groups, and differences in social networks, health beliefs culture and HLA typing. These disparities affect blacks, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan natiives and Asians. Elimination of these disparities is difficult, since many of the causes are intertwined, and it is difficult todiscern attributable disparity risk associated with the various factors. The possible solutions and recommendations are numerous. Since it is difficult to identify which may be successsful, thorough evaluation is required to determine which should be implemented. Some recommendations may not be easily implemented. Those selected for implementation must be continuously monitored for the expected results and effects.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Geography
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Transplantation / ethnology*
  • Kidney Transplantation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Minority Groups
  • Prejudice
  • Social Class
  • Social Justice*
  • Social Support
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Tissue Donors
  • United States