Ethical considerations regarding disparities pertaining to kidney transplant patients

Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2011 Aug;90(2):212-4. doi: 10.1038/clpt.2011.73.


Racial and ethnic disparities exist throughout the US health-care system, including in the field of solid-organ transplant. There are disparities in access to health care, health outcomes, and access to transplant centers. Addressing this issue requires equity in pretransplant care, increased education and referral throughout the transplant process, and research funds targeted to the study of problems pertinent to transplantation in certain patient populations.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / economics
  • Biomedical Research / methods
  • Continental Population Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Services Accessibility / ethics
  • Healthcare Disparities / ethics*
  • Healthcare Disparities / ethnology
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / ethnology
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / surgery*
  • Kidney Transplantation / ethics*
  • Patient Education as Topic / ethics
  • Referral and Consultation / ethics
  • United States