Health Equity and Barriers to LDKT in South Asian Communities
As of 2012, about three million Canadians suffer from chronic kidney disease. Patients with kidney failure need dialysis or kidney transplantation to survive. LDKT (LDKT) is the best treatment option for many patients with kidney failure, however, it is not used as much as it could be. Patients who belong to ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive LDKT compared to Caucasians. Currently, there is limited research to help us better understand what prevents access to LDKT in patients from the South Asian community. The purpose of this research is to engage the South Asian community to understand social, cultural, and religious barriers to LDKT while also raising awareness of kidney disease and LDKT. This research will also engage different stakeholders to help develop a Health Equity Strategy for the South Asian communities in Ontario.