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Strengthening of donor–recipient relation as a result of living donation

Aleksandra Tomaszek12, Mateusz Zatorski3, Jolanta Gozdowska4, Maciej Kosieradzki5
Forum Nefrologiczne 2017;10(3):174-179.
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  1. Zakład Nauczania Anestezjologii i Intensywnej Terapii, Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny; Szpital Kliniczny Dzieciątka Jezus
  2. Katedra i Klinika Chirurgii Ogólnej i Transplantacyjnej, Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny; Szpital Kliniczny Dzieciątka Jezus
  3. Katedra Psychologii Klinicznej i Zdrowia Psychologii, Uniwersytet SWPS w Poznaniu
  4. Klinika Medycyny Transplantacyjnej, Nefrologii i Chorób Wewnętrznych, Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny; Szpital Kliniczny Dzieciątka Jezus
  5. Katedra i Klinika Chirurgii Ogólnej i Transplantacyjnej, Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny; Szpital Kliniczny Dzieciątka Jezus

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Abstract

Kidney transplant from a living donor is the best method of treatment for end-stage renal disease, as life expectancy of the organ and the recipient is longer, while the kidney itself is characterized by better functionality. A donation of a kidney to a close person is an act of empathy, but it is also associated with strong stress. A research was conducted to specify whether the relation between the donor and the recipient changes after a kidney donation, and what the nature of such changes would be. The survey was conducted on patients who had donated their kidneys to people who were either genetically related to them or remained in an emotional relationship — spouses. The research was conducted between 01/02/2013 and 15/12/2014. Evidence was gathered from 52 surveyed patients of age between 23 and 73. Completed results confirmed the strengthening of the bond between the donor and the recipient. Changes in relations were positive, with a visible improvement of interpersonal relations, as well as the feeling of closer affinity between the donor and the recipient. Women after donation spent more time with the recipients. Also, in the instances
where the donor spent more time with the recipient, they provided more positive feedback on the medical care received during the perioperative period and in the procedure of periodic checks.

Abstract

Kidney transplant from a living donor is the best method of treatment for end-stage renal disease, as life expectancy of the organ and the recipient is longer, while the kidney itself is characterized by better functionality. A donation of a kidney to a close person is an act of empathy, but it is also associated with strong stress. A research was conducted to specify whether the relation between the donor and the recipient changes after a kidney donation, and what the nature of such changes would be. The survey was conducted on patients who had donated their kidneys to people who were either genetically related to them or remained in an emotional relationship — spouses. The research was conducted between 01/02/2013 and 15/12/2014. Evidence was gathered from 52 surveyed patients of age between 23 and 73. Completed results confirmed the strengthening of the bond between the donor and the recipient. Changes in relations were positive, with a visible improvement of interpersonal relations, as well as the feeling of closer affinity between the donor and the recipient. Women after donation spent more time with the recipients. Also, in the instances
where the donor spent more time with the recipient, they provided more positive feedback on the medical care received during the perioperative period and in the procedure of periodic checks.

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Keywords

living kidney donor; relation; graft; dialysis; transplantation

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Title

Strengthening of donor–recipient relation as a result of living donation

Journal

Renal Disease and Transplantation Forum

Issue

Vol 10, No 3 (2017)

Pages

174-179

Bibliographic record

Forum Nefrologiczne 2017;10(3):174-179.

Keywords

living kidney donor
relation
graft
dialysis
transplantation

Authors

Aleksandra Tomaszek
Mateusz Zatorski
Jolanta Gozdowska
Maciej Kosieradzki

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