Neighborhood Poverty and Sex Differences in Live Donor Kidney Transplant Outcomes in the United States

Transplantation. 2019 Oct;103(10):2183-2189. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000002654.


Background: Neighborhood poverty has been associated with worse outcomes after live donor kidney transplantation (LDKT), and prior work suggests that women with kidney disease may be more susceptible to the negative influence of poverty than men. As such, our goal was to examine whether poverty differentially affects women in influencing LDKT outcomes.

Methods: Using data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and US Census, we performed multivariable Cox regression to compare outcomes among 18 955 women and 30 887 men who received a first LDKT in 2005-2014 with follow-up through December 31, 2016.

Results: Women living in poor (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR], 1.30; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.13-1.50) and middle-income (aHR, 1.26; 95% CI, 1.14-1.40) neighborhoods had higher risk of graft loss than men, but there were no differences in wealthy areas (aHR, 1.07; 95% CI, 0.88-1.29). Women living in wealthy (aHR, 0.71; 95% CI, 0.59-0.87) and middle-income (aHR, 0.82; 95% CI, 0.74-0.92) neighborhoods incurred a survival advantage over men, but there were no statistically significant differences in mortality in poor areas (aHR, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.72-1.01).

Conclusions: Given our findings that poverty is more strongly associated with graft loss in women, targeted efforts are needed to specifically address mechanisms driving these disparities in LDKT outcomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Graft Rejection / epidemiology*
  • Graft Rejection / etiology
  • Graft Survival
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / surgery*
  • Kidney Transplantation / adverse effects*
  • Living Donors
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Poverty / statistics & numerical data*
  • Registries / statistics & numerical data
  • Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sex Factors
  • Transplant Recipients / statistics & numerical data
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States