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Eugene

(61,765 posts)
Mon Apr 1, 2024, 02:14 AM Apr 1

A biased test kept thousands of Black people from getting a kidney transplant. It's finally changing

Source: Associated Press

A biased test kept thousands of Black people from getting a kidney transplant. It’s finally changing

BY LAURAN NEERGAARD
Updated 2:00 AM EDT, April 1, 2024

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jazmin Evans had been waiting for a new kidney for four years when her hospital revealed shocking news: She should have been put on the transplant list in 2015 instead of 2019 — and a racially biased organ test was to blame.

As upsetting as that notification was, it also was part of an unprecedented move to mitigate the racial inequity. Evans is among more than 14,000 Black kidney transplant candidates so far given credit for lost waiting time, moving them up the priority list for their transplant.

“I remember just reading that letter over and over again,” said Evans, 29, of Philadelphia, who shared the notice in a TikTok video to educate other patients. “How could this happen?”

At issue is a once widely used test that overestimated how well Black people’s kidneys were functioning, making them look healthier than they really were — all because of an automated formula that calculated results for Black and non-Black patients differently. That race-based equation could delay diagnosis of organ failure and evaluation for a transplant, exacerbating other disparities that already make Black patients more at risk of needing a new kidney but less likely to get one.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/kidney-transplant-race-black-inequity-bias-d4fabf2f3a47aab2fe8e18b2a5432135

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A biased test kept thousands of Black people from getting a kidney transplant. It's finally changing (Original Post) Eugene Apr 1 OP
Racism infects every organization and institution in this country. scarletlib Apr 1 #1
Yes happy feet Apr 3 #2

scarletlib

(3,410 posts)
1. Racism infects every organization and institution in this country.
Mon Apr 1, 2024, 10:17 AM
Apr 1

Last edited Wed Apr 3, 2024, 02:55 PM - Edit history (1)

Honestly it sickens me. I don’t know how we can ever rid our country of this cancer in the body politic.

happy feet

(860 posts)
2. Yes
Wed Apr 3, 2024, 09:56 AM
Apr 3

While there are those arguing that institutional racism and critical race theory aren't a thing. SMH

I've personally been impacted by racism in the healthcare system - fortunately, recognized it and had the tools and resources to fight back.

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