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organ donation, kidney disease, organ, transplant


This paper aims to discuss the opinions of organ donation and how kidney disease can affect the health of an individual. Even though only a small percentage of patients reach end-stage renal disease, many patients still wait for a transplant everyday. The organ shortage and a small percentage of registered donors affect how long patients wait on the transplant list. The methodology is to find out how the United States views organ donation, the consent process, the supply and demand for organs, and the interventions used on patient with kidney disease. A systematic review of literature was conducted on the consent process, psychosocial adjustments, and if patients should have to travel for a transplant. I was able to interview a family member who received a successful kidney transplant to find out the nutritional needs and patient education. Peer-reviewed databases were used to find how individuals view organ donation and how healthcare systems also view organ donation. The results I found were that sociopolitical factors and personal views do impact on whether an individual to be a donor. Different systems are also used to find organs.

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Musheera Anis

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Health Sciences