Interventions that raise awareness of living kidney donation (LKD), ease fears about donation surgery, and eliminate related medical expenses could increase willingness to be a living donor, investigators concluded based on public opinion survey findings they reported at the 2023 American Transplant Congress in San Diego, California.

The survey, conducted in June 2021 using an online platform, included 802 US adults aged 25 to 65 years. Respondents with greater knowledge about LKD were more likely to be White, female, older, and willing to consider LKD, Katya Kaplow, MPH, of NYU Langone Health in New York, and colleagues reported. Exposure within the past 12 months to content about LKD was reported by 22.2% of respondents and was associated with a greater willingness to donate.

Based on survey responses LKD barriers include concerns about health impact (76.3% of respondents) and medical expenses (65.7%) related to donation. Facilitators of LKD included information about the safety of the operation (78.7%), information that would lessen worries about health after donation (76.7%), and not having to pay for any medical expenses (76.3%).

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Kaplow K, Ruck J, Thomas A, et al. National attitudes towards living kidney donation in the United States: Results of a public opinion survey. Presented at: ATC 2023, San Diego, California, June 3-7. Abstract C117.