Identifying donor concerns to increase live organ donation

J Transpl Coord. 1998 Mar;8(1):51-4. doi: 10.7182/prtr.1.8.1.m5h2r1217m353t16.


Increasing organ donation from live donors is a means to increase the pool of kidneys available for transplantation. To increase the number of live kidney donors, the major concerns of donors must be determined and addressed. This article describes the health and socioeconomic concerns of 61 live kidney donors from the Johns Hopkins Institutions between February 1, 1995 and December 1, 1997. Seventy-five percent of donors reported they had concerns, the most common ones being the effect of donation on their future health, how many work days they would miss, the ability to return to the same activities, and the pain they would experience. Other reported concerns consisted of fear of dying, the risks to a future pregnancy with one kidney, the fear that a son or daughter may need a kidney in the future, and the impact of donation on the family health insurance premium. Interventional strategies including the use of the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy procedure are offered to address these concerns.

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Kidney Transplantation / psychology*
  • Living Donors / psychology*
  • Male
  • Pain, Postoperative / etiology
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement / methods*