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Living Kidney Donation

Psychosocial Assessment

Tests for all potential donors


All potential donors will meet with the social worker. This is to confirm that you:

  • have a full understanding of the living donation process
  • have all the information you need to make an informed decision
  • know all the possible risks
  • have all the support and resources needed to finish the evaluation process and recover from surgery

The social worker can support the donor, recipient, and family through the changes that can happen with a living donation. For example, there can be a change in roles because the recipient is feeling better than before the transplant.

All anonymous (non-directed) donors will be asked to meet with a psychologist and/or psychiatrist for further evaluation. This is to make sure the potential donor’s decision to be a living donor is right for them.

The social worker or the doctor may also recommend a directed donor see a psychologist or psychiatrist.​

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