Attitude of Iranian Nephrologists Toward Living Unrelated Kidney Donation

Ossareh, S. and Asl, M.B. and Al-Zubairi, S. and Naseem, S. (2007) Attitude of Iranian Nephrologists Toward Living Unrelated Kidney Donation. Transplantation Proceedings, 39 (4). pp. 819-821.


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Living unrelated kidney donation (LURD) is increasing worldwide due to the shortage of cadaveric kidneys. In our country an LURD program has been practiced since 1988. This study sought to evaluate the attitude of Iranian nephrologists towards various aspects of the program. Questionnaires including 20 queries were sent to nephrologists. Among 100 randomly selected nephrologists, 50 completed and returned the questionnaires. Forty six (92) and 45 (90) believed that LURD has potential minor short- and long-term complications, respectively. Forty two percent assumed renal failure was a potential complication. Ninety two percent used to inform donors about the complications, all verbally. Thirty four percent and 72 assumed inhalational opium addiction and heroin addiction were contraindications to LURD, respectively. Twenty eight percent and 68 believed that the amount of recipients' gift and the governmental award are not sufficient, respectively. Thirty two percent believed that all compensation should be paid by the government. Sixty six percent believed that donors should be given social advantages, and 26 believed that they should not, in order to not enhance persuasion of nonaltruistic donation. Eighty eight percent claimed that donor follow-up is not regularly done and should be organized. Finally, 30 agreed and 19 disagreed with LURD. We conclude that despite the success of our LURD program in elimination of the transplant waiting list, most Iranian nephrologists believe that there should be some revisions. Verbal information about complications may not be sufficient to help the donors to make a correct decision. We should reconsider the method and amount of financial compensation and organize a regular follow-up program. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: article; controlled study; health program; heroin dependence; human; kidney failure; living donor; nephrologist; opiate addiction; physician attitude; priority journal; questionnaire; social aspect, Attitude to Health; Humans; Iran; Kidney; Kidney Transplantation; Living Donors; Nephrology; Questionnaires; Societies, Medical
Subjects: WJ Urogenital System
Divisions: School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Depositing User: parto mrs bakhtminoo
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2019 10:56
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 10:56

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