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Communication and support from healthcare professionals is essential for living kidney donors
  1. Jennifer Lumsdaine
  1. Transplant Unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Jennifer Lumsdaine, Transplant Unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SU, UK; jen.lumsdaine{at}nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

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Implications for practice and research

  • The unique situation where an individual's health is being assessed for the benefit of another raises both physical and psychological issues.

  • The roles of healthcare professionals are key to supporting the donor throughout the evaluation process, ensuring the experience is positive.

Context

The drive to increase the number of living donor kidney transplants is partly in response to the international organ shortage and the superior results with transplantation of kidneys from living donors.1 There is worldwide consensus that live kidney donor safety is paramount due to …

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