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Transplantation Resources for Patients and Donors

These resources are for people with chronic kidney disease who are considering or waiting for a kidney transplant, and for people considering becoming a kidney donor. They will help you:

  • learn more about kidney transplantation and living donation
  • understand the process for receiving a kidney from a living donor
  • make informed decisions related to kidney transplantation and living donation

For Patients

Considering Transplant
Resource Link Description Source
Kidney Paired Donation Information about a program that matches transplant candidates with suitable living donors. Includes the brochure, “Kidney Paired Donation” in 10 languages: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Cree, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu. Canadian Blood Services
My Transplant Coach Canada A video-based decision aid to help people with kidney failure understand available treatment options so they can make informed decisions. Canadian Blood Services
Living Kidney Donation (YouTube) A video explaining living kidney donation, featuring a conversation between a donor and her recipient (11:49 mins). London Health Sciences Centre
Kidney Transplant and Living Donation A video outlining kidney transplant options (3:32 mins). University Health Network and the Ajmera Transplant Centre
Drug Coverage and Finances: Information for kidney transplant patients and families A guide explaining drug coverage and finances relating to transplants. Unity Health Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital
Kidney Education Resources An online resource hub for people waiting for a transplant and for those who have had a transplant. Unity Health Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital
Kidney Transplantation as a Treatment Option for Chronic Kidney Disease An infographic outlining deceased donor kidney transplantation and living donor kidney transplantation. Trillium Gift of Life Network
Referral and Assessment Process for A Kidney Transplant An infographic outlining the kidney transplant referral and assessment process. Trillium Gift of Life Network
Explore Transplant Ontario An online resource hub with educational materials about kidney transplantation and living donation. Explore Transplant Ontario
The Living Donor Storytelling Project A digital library of recorded stories by living donors and transplant recipients from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, geographic regions (United States and Canada), ages and life experiences. Transplant Research and Education Center
Transplant Ambassador Program A website for patients and potential donors interested in learning more from volunteers who have experienced kidney transplantation, or for volunteers interested in sharing their stories through the Transplant Ambassador Program. Transplant Ambassador Program
Waiting for Transplant
Resource Link Description Source
Waiting for Your Kidney Transplant A handbook with tips for staying healthy before and after kidney transplantation. Unity Health Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital
Kidney Education Resources An online resource hub for people waiting for a transplant and those who have had a transplant. Unity Health Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital
Ontario’s Waiting List for a Deceased Donor Kidney Transplant An infographic about the deceased donor waiting list. Trillium Gift of Life Network
Factors Impacting Wait Times for a Deceased Donor Kidney Transplant An infographic outlining 4 major factors that affect wait times for a deceased donor kidney transplant, with a tool to help estimate the wait. Trillium Gift of Life Network
Transplant Ambassador Program A website for patients and potential donors interested in learning more from volunteers who have experienced kidney transplantation, or for volunteers interested in sharing their stories through the Transplant Ambassador Program. Transplant Ambassador Program
Finding a Living Donor
Resource Link Description Source
How to Talk About Living Kidney Donation with Family and Friends A 2-page handout developed by kidney transplant recipients and living donors to help patients feel comfortable sharing their story and finding a living kidney donor. Ontario Renal Network and Trillium Gift of Life Network
Finding a Donor Getting the Word Out A step-by-step manual about how to reach out to potential donors. BC Transplant
Media, social media and your transplant Social media guidelines for those waiting for a living donor kidney transplant. University Health Network and the Ajmera Transplant Centre
Transplant Ambassador Program A website for patients and potential donors interested in learning more from volunteers who have experienced kidney transplantation, or for volunteers interested in sharing their stories through the Transplant Ambassador Program. Transplant Ambassador Program
After Transplant
Resource Link Description Source
Kidney Education Resources An online resource hub for people waiting for a transplant and for those who have had a transplant. Unity Health Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital
Transplant Ambassador Program A website for patients and potential donors interested in learning more from volunteers who have experienced kidney transplantation, or for volunteers interested in sharing their stories through the Transplant Ambassador Program. Transplant Ambassador Program
For Donors
Resource Link Description Source
Living Kidney Donation (YouTube) A video explaining living kidney donation, featuring a conversation between a donor and her recipient (11:49 mins). London Health Sciences Centre
Donating a Kidney A manual for potential living kidney donors. University Health Network and the Ajmera Transplant Centre
Kidney Education Resources An online resource hub for people waiting for a transplant, those who have had a transplant, and those who are considering donating a kidney. Unity Health Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital
Becoming a Living Kidney Donor in Ontario A handout outlining the living kidney donation process and key considerations for Ontario donors. Ontario Renal Network and Trillium Gift of Life Network
Living Kidney Donors from Outside of Canada A handout outlining the living kidney donation process and key considerations for out-of-country donors. Ontario Renal Network and Trillium Gift of Life Network
Living Kidney Donor Surgery Guide Information about the surgery for living kidney donors. University Health Network and the Ajmera Transplant Centre
Living Organ Donation Information about living kidney donation, eligibility to be a donor, and living donation programs. Canadian Blood Services
Transplant Ambassador Program A website for patients and potential donors interested in learning more from volunteers who have experienced kidney transplantation, or volunteers interested in sharing their stories through the Transplant Ambassador Program. Transplant Ambassador Program
The Living Donor Storytelling Project A digital library of recorded stories by living donors and transplant recipients from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, geographic regions (United States and Canada), ages and life experiences. Transplant Research and Education Center

The information contained herein has been collected from third party sources and no warranty as to its accuracy is provided or implied. Such information is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for medical advice. Do not act or rely upon this information without seeking the advice of a physician or other healthcare provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read here.