Health-related quality of life of living kidney donors: review of the short form 36-health questionnaire survey

Transpl Int. 2005 Dec;18(12):1309-17. doi: 10.1111/j.1432-2277.2005.00231.x.


Kidney transplantation is the ultimate goal and the best treatment for most patients with end-stage renal disease. Organ shortage and steadily growing waiting time for a cadaver kidney transplant have forced the medical community to look for alternatives, such as living kidney donation. However, available data examining health-related quality of life (QOL) issues of living donors are currently limited. In addition, little information regarding factors associated with health-related QOL in living kidney donors is currently available and this issue remains controversial. This review article aims to summarize the data regarding health-related QOL of living kidney donors by using the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Kidney Transplantation / methods*
  • Living Donors*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Tissue Donors*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States