Does Having a Relative in Dialysis Therapy Affect Attitudes Toward Kidney Donating?

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Abstract

Context:

The majority of kidney transplants in Turkey are performed from live donors and from those among first-degree relatives.

Objective:

To compare the view points and the attitudes of individuals who have relatives undergoing dialysis toward kidney donation treatment with those who do not.

Design:

The study was designed as a descriptive study, which used simple random sampling.

Setting:

The sample consisted of 204 individuals, divided into 2 groups: those whose relatives underwent dialysis treatment (group A, n = 106) and those whose relatives did not (group B, n = 98).

Results:

The means of the total points obtained in “Kidney Donation Attitude Inventory” (KDAI) by individuals in group A were statistically significantly higher than those obtained by individuals in group B (P = .001). Although there was a statistically significant difference in the educational status, status of willing to donate their kidneys and being a relative of an individual awaiting a kidney transplant, and the mean total points obtained from the KDAI between the groups (P < .05), no statistically significant difference was determined between the means of the obtained total points and the gender and the duration of dialysis treatment (P > .05).

Conclusion:

The attitudes of the relatives of individuals undergoing dialysis treatment toward kidney donation were determined to be more positive.

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