Laura A. Siminoff, PhD; Robert Arnold, MD
Siminoff L., Arnold R.; Increasing Organ Donation in the African-American Community: Altruism in the Face of an Untrustworthy System. Ann Intern Med. 1999;130:607-609. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-130-7-199904060-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(7):607-609.
The shortage of transplantable organs hits the African-American community disproportionately hard. African-American persons are more likely to have end-stage renal disease and require kidney transplantation than Americans of other ethnic backgrounds. They are also less likely to receive donor kidneys. Although 35.6% of the 39 924 persons on the kidney transplant list are African-American, African-American persons account for only 21.9% of those who receive kidneys (1). Consequently, African-American persons wait a median of 39.7 months for kidney transplantation compared with 20.1 months for white Americans (2). This longer waiting time translates into higher morbidity and mortality for African-American persons with end-stage renal disease.
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