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Journal of Nephrology & Therapeutics
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12th Global Nephrologists Annual Meeting
June 26-28, 2017 London, UK

Manuel Torres Gutierrez
Colombiana de Trasplantes, Colombia
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Nephrol Ther
DOI: 10.4172/2161-0959-C1-040
Abstract
Decision to become a living kidney donor is a conflicting decision. It´s generally believed that the candidate is aware about his/ her reasons, that he/she has long thought it and has even asked about it. It´s surprising that, in many cases, he/she has only a vague consciousness about his/her reasons and the validity of them. Sometimes he/she has taken an impulsive decision guided by his/ her emotions and entrusted to his/her luck or faith. Other times, he/she is undecided down pressed by various circumstances. The mental health assessment should help to put his/her motives clear, to verbalize them. It must be a positive experience, enriching his/ her decision. It should allow the candidate the inner feeling of having received help for taking the best decision. The medical team should make a proper assessment of the candidate. The psychosocial evaluation should be the first of multiple ratings that living kidney donor must face. A well taken decision should be requirement to start the process. The author has interviewed 1007 candidates since October 2008. 126 (14.5%) have been considered unfit, for different reasons. To date, we have nephrectomized to 477. The mental health team has carefully discussed the interview procedure to include all relevant aspects of the decision. The author uses this experience to reflect about the conditions in which that interview should be developed, the requirements to be met by the decision and the proper techniques to get accurate information.
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