Young aboriginals are less likely to receive a renal transplant: a Canadian national study

BMC Nephrol. 2013 Jan 14;14:11. doi: 10.1186/1471-2369-14-11.


Background: Previous studies have demonstrated Aboriginals are less likely to receive a renal transplant in comparison to Caucasians however whether this applies to the entire population or specific subsets remains unclear. We examined the effect of age on renal transplantation in Aboriginals.

Methods: Data on 30,688 dialysis (Aboriginal 2,361, Caucasian 28, 327) patients obtained between Jan. 2000 and Dec. 2009 were included in the final analysis. Racial status was self-reported. Cox proportional hazards, the Fine and Grey sub-distribution method and Poisson regression were used to determine the association between race, age and transplantation.

Results: In comparison to Caucasians, Aboriginals were less likely to receive a renal transplant (Adjusted HR 0.66 95% CI 0.57-0.77, P < 0.0001) however after stratification by age and treating death as a competing outcome, the effect was more predominant in younger Aboriginals (Age 18-40: 20.6% aboriginals vs. 48.3% Caucasians transplanted; aHR 0.50(0.39-0.61), p < 0.0001, Age 41-50: 10.2% aboriginals vs. 33.9% Caucasians transplanted; aHR 0.46(0.32-0.64), p = 0.005, Age 51-60: 8.2% aboriginals vs. 19.5% Caucasians transplanted; aHR0.65(0.49-0.88), p = 0.01, Age >60: 2.7% aboriginals vs. 2.6% Caucasians transplanted; aHR 1.21(0.76-1.91), P = 0.4, Age X race interaction p < 0.0001). Both living and deceased donor transplants were lower in Aboriginals under the age of 60 compared to Caucasians.

Conclusion: Younger Aboriginals are less likely to receive a renal transplant compared to their Caucasian counterparts, even after adjustment for comorbidity. Determination of the reasons behind these discrepancies and interventions specifically targeting the Aboriginal population are warranted.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • American Native Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data*
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Care Rationing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / ethnology*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / surgery*
  • Kidney Transplantation / ethnology*
  • Kidney Transplantation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence