The purpose of this study is to explore how living kidney donor candidates make the decision regarding organ donation. Also, the donor candidates' perceptions of the donor evaluation, donation, and recovery process will be described.
This study will provide information that can be used to guide living donor education and informed consent. Findings on donor and family outcomes will be used to develop post-donation counseling protocols in particular, when the recipient outcome is not good or when donors report stressful responses.
Meet the Investigators
Nolan, M., Walton-Moss, B., Taylor, L & Dane, K. (2004). Living kidney donor decision-making: state of the science and directions for future research. Progress in Transplantation, 14 (2), 201-209.
Walton-Moss, BJ, Taylor, L. & Nolan, MT. (2005). Ethical analysis of living organ donation. Progress in Transplantation,15 (3), 303-309.
Walton-Moss, BJ, Boulware, LE, Cooper, M., Taylor, L., Dane, K. & Nolan, MT (under review). Prospective pilot study of living kidney donor decision making and outcomes. Clinical Transplantation.