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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney failure patients
who are married are more likely to receive a new kidney than those
who are widows or widowers or have never married, finds a new
Kidney transplant is the treatment of choice for patients with
end-stage kidney failure. Previous research has shown that males,
whites and those with higher incomes and better education are more
likely than others to receive kidney transplants in the United
In this new study, researchers analyzed 3,650 patient records in
the United States Renal Data System and found that those who were
currently married or separated/divorced were more likely to be
placed on a kidney transplant waiting list than widows and widowers
and those who were never married.
Once on the transplant list, married patients were more likely
to receive a new kidney.
The study was recently published in the
American Journal of Transplantation.
"In the time of healthcare reforms, it is essential to identify the potential bias affecting access to a well-established and superior treatment modality such as renal transplantation," study leader Dr. Muhammad Khattak, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, said in a journal news release. "As marital status is not an easily modifiable factor, these findings reveal the disparities in access to renal transplant and add to the list of different variables affecting it."
"This important result may reflect the vital nature of good family support to help patients through the relatively involved process of preparing for a transplant and getting on the list," journal editor-in-chief Allan Kirk said in the news release.
The U.S. National Kidney Foundation has more about
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