The African-American donor: Unwilling or unaware? | Academic Article individual record

Although African-Americans make up only 12% of the general United States population, they represent almost 30% of end-stage renal disease patients. Because of the increasing disparity between the number of African-American patients on dialysis and the proportion of this ethnic group who become donors, it is imperative that we obtain a better understanding of factors associated with the lack of organ donations in that population. A major effort in the process of understanding barriers to organ donation involves measuring knowledge, attitudes and beliefs among African-Americans regarding organ procurement. Studies conducted thus far indicate the following explanations for the disparity between African-American donors and whites: 1) lack of communication between African-Americans and the medical community; 2) lack of knowledge relating to kidney transplants; 3) religious issues; 4) fear of complications. The results seem to suggest that providing education about the causes of ESRD (hypertension and diabetes) to private physicians, city and county clinics remains sorely needed.

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Dialysis and Transplantation

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Daniels, D. E., Rene, A. A., Fish, J. C., & Daniels, V. R
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  • Homotransplantation
  • Organ Donation
  • Renal Disease
  • Renal Failure
  • Nephropathy