Improving Health Equity: Increasing Access to Living Donor Kidney Transplantation Among Chinese Canadians

Co-Investigators: I. Musci, P. Neves, S. Abbey, L. Wright, R. Parekh, K. Fung.

Ethnocultural inequities in access to living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) have been described both globally and within the Canadian context. Chinese Canadians are the largest visible minority population in Canada with an increased risk of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) but have markedly reduced access to LDKT compared to Caucasians. However, potentially modifiable barriers to LDKT are largely unknown in this population. This major knowledge gap prevents the development of an effective, culturally-tailored strategy to increase LDKT in this population. Therefore, we aim to conduct the first empirical examination of ethnocultural perceptions and barriers to LDKT among Chinese Canadians, as well as explore the education needs and strategies of these communities to facilitate LDKT. We will establish recommendations to develop a novel, yet sustainable, culturally-tailored strategy to support equitable access to LDKT for Chinese Canadians. Ultimately, this health promotion program will contribute to excellence in kidney health, optimal quality of life and reduce the burden of kidney disease for this population.