GiveHopeWell

Disparities in
Kidney Transplantation

Kidney transplantation is a life-saving procedure that offers a significantly improved quality of life compared to dialysis. However, disparities in access to kidney transplantation persist, particularly among minority populations. Black or African Americans are almost four times more likely and Hispanics or Latinos are 1.3 times more likely to have kidney failure compared to White Americans¹. This discrepancy can be attributed to a range of factors, including socioeconomic barriers, limited access to healthcare, and underlying health disparities.

In 2023, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) implemented race-neutral eGFR calculations, a significant step toward reducing disparities in kidney transplantation. Previously, eGFR calculations often included race as a factor, which could lead to inaccurate assessments of kidney function. However, after the first year of implementation, there were no large changes to the makeup of the OPTN kidney waiting list with the move to race-neutral eGFR calculations².

There is a need for targeted interventions to address these inequities, including policy changes, improved access to care, and increased awareness and education to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all patients³. The GiveHopeWell program aims to educate patients of all races and backgrounds on the entirety of the chronic kidney disease journey- starting with the basics of CKD, to best practices of caring for yourself once diagnosed, to treatment options and beyond. We are proud to offer a comprehensive living donor program with patients and loved ones through GiveHopeWell. This includes information on the donation process, sessions to answer questions, and a toolkit to be shared with support networks and beyond.

The GiveHopeWell Journey

GiveHopeWell offers an educational journey for Chronic Kidney Disease patients, covering the effects of CKD on the body, exploring various treatment options and the benefits of kidney transplants versus dialysis, and supporting patients in raising awareness within their families and communities through our living donor initiative.
Basics of Chronic Kidney Disease
Provides patients with comprehensive information on kidney function, the impact of CKD, and how to treat your kidneys well.
Renal Replacement Therapy Options
Educates patients about the different treatment methods available for kidney failure, including dialysis and kidney transplantation, helping them to understand their choices and make informed decisions about their care.
Diving into Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation
Unpacks the details of treatment options for kidney failure, including the impact of dialysis versus kidney treatments on the body and long-term effects.
Living Donor Education
Sharing with patients and support systems alike about the benefits of living kidney donation and what happens for the donor and recipient.

Resources:

References:

1. National Kidney Foundation. “Health Disparities.” National Kidney Foundation, https://www.kidney.org/advocacy/legislative-priorities/health-disparities.

2. Howell, Jesse. “6 Month Waiting Time Modification/ 1 Year Race-Neutral eGFR Calculations Monitoring Report.” https://optn.transplant.hrsa.go, https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/media/k24brtvh/6-month-waiting-time-modification_1-year-race-neutral-egfr-monitoring-report.pdf.

3. Ng, Yue-Han, et al. “Does Racial Disparity in Kidney Transplant Wait-listing Persist After Accounting for Social Determinants of Health?” Transplantation, 2020, https://journals.lww.com/transplantjournal/fulltext/2020/07000/does_racial_disparity_in_kidney_transplant.25.aspx.

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