Quality of life after donor nephrectomy for living donor kidney transplantation at Srinagarind Hospital

Jaseanchiun, W.; Sirithanaphol, W.; Chotikawanich, E.; Chau-in, S.; Pacheerat, K.; Uttaravichien, T.

Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand 95(Suppl 11): S15-S17


ISSN/ISBN: 0125-2208
PMID: 23961614
Document Number: 14465
To determine the quality of life (QoL) of donors who have undergone nephrectomy for living donor kidney transplantation at Srinagarind Hospital, using the Thai version of the Short-Form, 36-item, health survey (SF-36). The SF-36 questionnaires were sent by mail to 93 living donors who underwent nephrectomy between Jan 1, 1990 and Dec 31, 2008. The first part collected demographic data and the donor/recipient relationship, the second surveyed QoL, and the third asked about decision-making, donation-related stress and feedback. Forty-nine questionnaires were returned completed (30 women; 19 men: mean age 44.2 +/- 9.5 (range, 28-65) years). Thirty-one participants (61%) were siblings of the recipients. The QoL scores were not significantly different from the general Thai population; albeit nominally higher for mental health and social function. Upon reflection, only 5 (10%) had second thoughts. Donor nephrectomy did not affect QoL; thus, from that perspective living kidney transplantation is a suitable procedure for donors.

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