Category Archive: Living Donor Misinformation

living donor misinformation and propaganda

Marketing Masquerading as Journalism

If there’s one thing the Cleveland Clinic is good at, it’s self-promotion. And in the past couple of years, they’ve used The Plain Dealer’s Angela Townsend as their messenger (via cleveland.com). Here’s the latest: http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2013/09/cleveland_clinic_researchers_s_1.html   Excerpts: “…analyzing health data from more than 69,000 living donors from 1998 to 2010″ ” Complications declined over time, …

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Risks of Being Born With Solitary Kidney

When the long-term risks of donating a kidney are discussed, too often someone will bring up that folks born with one kidney are ‘fine’. So I wanted to share this:   Children with a solitary kidney (SK) have an increased long-term risk of hypertension, albuminuria and glomerulosclerosis.   A two-kidneyed person relinquishing a kidney is …

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U.S. Transplant Centers’ Informed Consent Forms Are Deficient

The authors examined written informed consent forms from 148 U.S. transplant centers to assess their compliance with OPTN and CMS regulations passed in 2007.   Results:  …most centers’ evaluation consent forms do not include all CMS and OPTN requirements. Multiple items balancing donor and recipient interests and confidentiality were omitted. In addition, information about payment …

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Media Coverage of Living Donation

In a group (supposedly) for living organ donors, a person who serves as a kidney broker*, helping would-be recipients locate willing stranger donors, deluges the membership with the ‘happy’ donor stories so prolific in the news. One of the more recent quoted the kidney saying that donating ‘was no big deal’. I remarked with these …

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The Subtleties of Informed Consent

The Bioethics Discussion Blog has a nice post on ‘nudging’ during Informed Consent (the post which was copied to the American Journal of  Bioethics website, which is where I picked it up): http://bioethicsdiscussion.blogspot.com/2013/06/nudging-informed-consent-toward-one.html   The author’s example: 1)  “You may have the lump simply biopsied under local anesthesia with negligible risks from the procedure rather …

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