Emotional Barriers Could Hinder Patients from Accepting Living Kidney Transplant

A number of emotional barriers can prevent someone from asking for and accepting a kidney, research shows. Investigators who examined 39 studies from 13 countries with 1791 CKD patients found that guilt was a major obstacle, as were patients’ worries about jeopardizing donor health and causing donor inconvenience or regret. Patients also worried about experiencing unrelenting indebtedness, among other concerns. Enhanced education and psychosocial support may help clarify, validate, and address these issues, noted the authors of the Transplantation study

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A number of emotional barriers can prevent someone from asking for and accepting a kidney, research shows. Investigators who examined 39 studies from 13 countries with 1791 CKD patients found that guilt was a major obstacle, as were patients’ worries about jeopardizing donor health and causing donor inconvenience or regret. Patients also worried about experiencing unrelenting indebtedness, among other concerns. Enhanced education and psychosocial support may help clarify, validate, and address these issues, noted the authors of the Transplantation study

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