Exploring Knowledge About Dialysis, Transplantation, and Living Donation Among Patients and Their Living Kidney Donors.

International journal of behavioral medicine

PubMedID: 25634574

Timmerman L, Ismail SY, Luchtenburg AE, Zuidema WC, IJzermans JN, Busschbach JJ, Weimar W, Massey EK. Exploring Knowledge About Dialysis, Transplantation, and Living Donation Among Patients and Their Living Kidney Donors. Int J Behav Med. 2015;.
BACKGROUND
In order to make a well-considered decision and give informed consent about renal replacement therapy, potential living kidney donors and recipients should have sufficient understanding of the options and risks.

PURPOSE
We aimed to explore knowledge about Dialysis & Transplantation (DT) and Living Donation (LD) among prospective living kidney donors and recipients.

METHODS
Eighty-five donors and 81 recipients completed the Rotterdam Renal Replacement Knowledge-Test (R3K-T) 1 day before surgery. The questionnaire was available in various languages.

RESULTS
Recipients knew significantly more about DT than donors (p?
CONCLUSIONS
We conclude that recipients and donors retain different information. The decision to undergo living donation appears to be not always based on full knowledge of the risks. We recommend that professionals assess knowledge of prospective donors and recipients during the education process using the R3K-T, and extra attention is required for non-native speakers.