Social Media in the Identification of Living Kidney Donors: Platforms, Tools, and Strategies

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Living donor transplantation offers patients with end-stage renal disease faster access to transplant and better survival and quality of life than waiting for a deceased donor or remaining on dialysis. While many people state they would be willing to help someone in need through kidney donation, there are education and communication barriers to donor candidate identification. These barriers might be mitigated by technological innovations, including the use of social media. Recent Findings: This article describes the state of contemporary evidence regarding use of social media tools and interventions to increase access to living donor transplantation, as reported in peer-reviewed medical literature, as well as programs that have not yet been formally evaluated. Summary: As social media platforms continue to grow and expand, a commitment to understanding and facilitating the use of social media by the transplant community may support patients who are interested in using social media as a tool to find a living kidney donor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Transplantation Reports
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

Keywords

  • Digital health
  • Internet
  • Living donor transplantation
  • Living organ donation
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Surgery
  • Hepatology
  • Nephrology
  • Immunology

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