The Role of Media in Non-Directed (Altruistic) Living Kidney Donation

Eitan Novogrodsky, Alan Yaghoubian, Sarah E. Connor, Elisabeth Hicks, Grecia B. Vargas, Sima Nassiri, Ariella Maghen, Lorna Kwan, Amy D. Waterman, Sally L. Maliski, Jeffrey L. Veale

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    This study seeks to characterize how non-directed living kidney donors use media and informational resources over the course of their kidney donation journey. We conducted semi-structured interviews with non-directed donors (NDDs) who initiated kidney transplant chains. Interview transcripts were reviewed and references to media or informational resources were classified by type and pattern of use. More than half (57%) of NDDs reported that an identifiable media or informational resource resulted in their initial interest in donation. Two-thirds (67%) of NDDs cited the influence of stories and personal narratives on their decision to donate. After transplant, media and informational resources were used to promote organ donation, connect with other donors or recipients, and reflect on donation. From the study’s findings, we conclude that media and informational resources play an important role in the process of donation for NDDs, including inspiring interest in donation through personal narratives. Media sources provide emotionally and intellectually compelling discussions that motivate potential donors. The results of this study may facilitate the development of more targeted outreach to potential donors through use of personal narratives in articles and television programming about donation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)259-267
    Number of pages9
    JournalHealth Communication
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jan 28 2019

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Communication


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