Living kidney donor follow-up: state-of-the-art and future directions, conference summary and recommendations

Am J Transplant. 2011 Dec;11(12):2561-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2011.03816.x. Epub 2011 Nov 4.


In light of continued uncertainty regarding postkidney donation medical, psychosocial and socioeconomic outcomes for traditional living donors and especially for donors meeting more relaxed acceptance criteria, a meeting was held in September 2010 to (1) review limitations of existing data on outcomes of living kidney donors; (2) assess and define the need for long-term follow-up of living kidney donors; (3) identify the potential system requirements, infrastructure and costs of long-term follow-up for living kidney donor outcomes in the United States and (4) explore practical options for future development and funding of United States living kidney donor data collection, metrics and endpoints. Conference participants included prior kidney donors, physicians, surgeons, medical ethicists, social scientists, donor coordinators, social workers, independent donor advocates and representatives of payer organizations and the federal government. The findings and recommendations generated at this meeting are presented.

MeSH terms

  • Congresses as Topic
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Kidney Transplantation / standards*
  • Living Donors / psychology*
  • Living Donors / statistics & numerical data*