How to increase living donation

Transpl Int. 2011 Apr;24(4):344-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1432-2277.2010.01212.x. Epub 2011 Jan 6.


Living donation is the key to increasing access to successful solid organ transplantation worldwide. However, the means to expanding the number of living donors on a global scale are not known. Although there have been many suggestions for the best approach, cultural issues may limit the effectiveness of some strategies. Only a few ideas have been studied, and one in particular- outright payment to donors - may raise ethical issues that are difficult to surmount and might negatively alter altruistic behavior. With respect to the present environment, this article will describe some of the approaches that are being discussed to increase the number of living donors, with a particular focus on kidney transplantation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Altruism
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / surgery
  • Kidney Transplantation / economics
  • Living Donors / supply & distribution*
  • Motivation
  • Risk
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement* / economics