Grant Application Success: Dr. Samantha Anthony and Dr. Istvan Mucsi

The CDTRP would like to congratulate Dr. Samantha Anthony (SickKids) and Dr. Istvan Mucsi (UHN) on their recent success in the Kidney Foundation of Canada – Allied Health Kidney Research Grant competition. This work is a collaboration with the following research team: Co-investigators – Paula Neves, Susan Abbey, Linda Wright, Rulan Parekh, Kenneth Fung. Patient Partners – Suk Yin Ng, Beatrice Ip & Minglin Wu. Collaborators – Robert Ting, Canadian Chinese Medical Society, Carefirst Seniors and Community Services & CDTRP. The research team was awarded funds to support their project detailed below:

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

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.

The overarching objective of our research is to promote equitable access to LDKT for Chinese Canadians. Our exploratory qualitative study will 1) identify perceptions and knowledge of LDKT among Chinese Canadians as well as perceived barriers of LDKT and living kidney donation; 2) determine kidney transplant-related education needs of Chinese Canadians; and 3) identify potential strategies and key members within the Chinese Canadian community to help facilitate the pursuit of LDKT. Finally, through a consensus workshop of key stakeholders we will establish recommendations to develop a novel, yet sustainable, culturally-tailored strategy to increase 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.

How the CDTRP has contributed to this work?

The CDTRP has been instrumental in building the collaborations that made this project possible. Along with supporting our individual research, the relationships fostered through the CDTRP have allowed us to expand our research network and given us the ability to recruit a research team ideal for this project. Research to promote equitable access to transplantation should be a priority in the health care system, and we look forward to disseminating the knowledge gained through this work nationally with the help of the CDTRP.

Photos: Dr. Samantha Anthony and Dr. Istvan Mucsi