Evolution of a nondirected kidney donor program: lessons learned.

Cheryl L. Jacobs, Catherine Garvey, Deborah Roman, Jeffrey Kahn, Arthur J. Matas

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From October 1, 1997 through November 30, 2003, the University of Minnesota received 362 inquiries from potential NDDs. Of these, 53 (15%) then underwent partial or full donor evaluation at our transplant center. Of these 53 potential NDDs, 24 have been accepted (23 donated, and one donation is pending), 23 were denied (15 for medical reasons, 8 for psychosocial reasons), and 6 chose not to pursue donation. Most of our potential NDDs were motivated by altruistic reasons. Their decision-making process was not impulsive or instantaneous, but rather rational and deliberate. They were self-educated about donation before contacting our transplant center. After donation, all 23 of our NDDs said they were glad they donated and were grateful for the opportunity to help another. Many desired to become involved in the transplant community by promoting donation. All NDDs who heard from their recipient appreciated the contact and the chance to learn how the recipient was doing posttransplant. An NDD program clearly mandates a dedicated donor team and additional time and resources, given the high number of inherent practical, logistical, and ethical issues. Our protocol has been a work in progress and continues to evolve with our ever-growing experience. Transplant centers interested in using NDDs must develop NDD protocols to address specific issues and must examine their available staffing and resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-291
Number of pages9
JournalClinical transplants
StatePublished - 2003


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