Objective: Kidney transplantation with a living donor has proved to be an effective solution for kidney patients on the waiting list for transplantation. Nevertheless, it may be difficult to find a living kidney donor. The purpose of this explorative study is to investigate how kidney transplant candidates may, or may not, find a living donor in the Netherlands. Methods: We compared a group of 42 patients who did not find a living donor with a group of 42 patients who did, using semi-structured interviews. Results: We found that, although almost all patients recognized the advantages of living kidney donation and were willing to accept the offer of a living kidney donor, many found it very difficult to ask a potential donor directly. This was true for both groups. Conclusion: Patients may gain from professional support to deal with this situation in ways that balance their medical needs and their personal relationships. Practice Implications: Support programs should be developed to assist patients in developing strategies for discussing living kidney donation with potential donors.

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doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2008.07.028, hdl.handle.net/1765/25055
Patient Education and Counseling
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Kranenburg, L.W, Richards, M, Zuidema, W.C, Weimar, W, Hilhorst, M.T, IJzermans, J.N.M, … van Busschbach, J.J. (2009). Avoiding the issue: Patients' (non)communication with potential living kidney donors. Patient Education and Counseling, 74(1), 39–44. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2008.07.028