Encouraging psychological outcomes after altruistic donation to a stranger.

  title={Encouraging psychological outcomes after altruistic donation to a stranger.},
  author={Emma K Massey and Leonieke W. Kranenburg and Willij C. Zuidema and G Hak and Ruud A. M. Erdman and Medard Hilhorst and Jan Nicolaas Maria Ijzermans and Jan J. V. Busschbach and Wilem Weimar},
  journal={American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons},
  volume={10 6},
In a growing number of transplant centers worldwide, altruistic donors are accepted to anonymously donate a kidney to a stranger. An important hesitation to expand these transplantation programs is the fear of evoking psychological distress in the altruistic donor after donation. To what extent this fear is justified has not yet been systematically investigated. In this study, 24 altruistic donors were interviewed on average 2 years after donation. Lifetime mental health history, current… CONTINUE READING

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