- Good physical health and a positive attitude contribute to how patients view the decision to donate a kidney.
- Men are more likely to have regrets.
Why this matters
- Clinicians should regularly assess the mood and health of living kidney donors, say researchers, and encourage health-promoting activities, especially for men.
- Researchers studied living kidney donors (n=41; mean age, 49.78 [range, 23-69] years; 61% women), using a structured questionnaire to collect data on patient affect, health, and decision-making.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- Statistical analysis showed that regret about the decision to donate varied significantly based on:
- Donor sex (male vs female): z score, −2.439 (P=.015);
- Physical condition: Spearman correlation (ρ), −0.323 (P=.039);
- Positive affect: ρ, −0.353 (P=.024); and
- Effective decision-making: ρ, 0.685 (P<.001>
- Among living kidney donors:
- 97.6% agreed donating a kidney was the correct decision;
- 95.1% would make the same decision again;
- 92.7% believed kidney donation was a wise choice;
- 2.4% regretted the decision to donate; and
- 4.8% believed that donating harmed them.
- The study was single-center and cross-sectional and had a small sample size.
- Patients were from Taiwan; results may not apply to other populations.