Closing the Living Donation Gap

If you live in Texas or work in the organ, eye and tissue donation industry, the word "diversity" is no doubt part of your vocabulary. 

JAMA's latest publication about this topic, "Association of Race and Ethnicity With Live Donor Kidney Transplantation in the United States from 1995 to 2014," written by Tanjala Purnell, M.P.H, Ph.D. and her colleagues, aimed to estimate the changes over time in racial/ethnic disparities in living donor kidney transplantation in the United States, accounting for differences in death and deceased donor kidney transplantation. In other words, why? Why are there such disparities in living kidney transplants for black, Hispanic and Asian patients with end-stage kidney disease? 

According to Purnell's study, differences in socioeconomic factors play an important role in finding and undergoing a live donor kidney transplantation, including early education and access to health care and transplantation.

In the quest to find more living kidney donors, LifeGift partners with The Living Bank, an organization that advances living donation, to confront the shortage of organs needed for lifesaving transplants. LifeGift and The Living Bank offer hope by collaborating with each other on community outreach efforts.

For more information about The Living Bank, visit LivingBank.org

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