Perfect Strangers, a video documentary about living organ donation, dialysis, and chronic disease
According to the UNOS website, there are more than 101,000 people on the waitlist for a deceased donor kidney and 350,000 on dialysis. Almost 4500 of those on the waitlist die annually before receiving a kidney. As the population ages, the need for organs inexorably rises as does time spent on the waitlist. Altruistic organ donation from a living donor is the new frontier that could significantly increase the supply of organs yet it is not actively promoted as a viable alternative to dialysis or a 5 to 7 year wait on the UNOS list. Many people feel discomfited by the idea of non-directed, altruistic donation where the donor has no relationship to or knowledge of the recipient so hospital transplant centers have been slow to embrace the idea and policymakers have been equally wary. Through the prism of one kidney’s journey, Perfect Strangers confronts thorny philosophical questions about acts of compassion, altruism, and ultimately, who deserves a second chance at life and at what cost.
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Describe the challenges faced by patients with chronic kidney disease who can spend years on a waitlist for a deceased donor organ while enduring daily dialysis. Demonstrate the value of living organ donation for both donor and recipient and how awareness of living organ donation can have an ancillary and positive impact on deceased organ donation.
Keyword(s): Chronic disease management and prevention, Public health or related public policy
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the producer, director, and editor of Perfect Strangers. I have been making documentary films for thirty years and had complete editorial control over the content. I did significant research and pre-production on the topic of kidney disease and organ donation before beginning the film.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.