Indigenous populations and kidney disease

Did you know that people of Indigenous ancestry are at higher risk than the average population for kidney disease?

According to an article published by The Pediatric Renal Outcomes Canada Group (PROCG), which includes three KRESCENT researchers, Indigenous children with kidney failure were also less likely to receive a kidney transplant compared to white children.

To help improve prevention and detection of CKD in Indigenous populations, The Kidney Foundation Manitoba Branch developed an Indigenous curriculum for primary and secondary prevention of kidney disease, including screening, and in 2010 our Saskatchewan Branch received funding to work with three First Nations communities on a project called Building Bridges, in which participants received information about chronic kidney disease (CKD) and were also screened for it.
In addition the Foundation has funded the following research related to Indigenous populations:

  • Facilitating integrated and culturally relevant health care for rural aboriginal people who undergo hemodialysis in an urban centre: an intervention development study
    Dr. Barbara Paterson, University of New Brunswick, Allied Health Research Grant 2007 – 2009
  •  A research program to study access to kidney transplantation for Aboriginal Canadians
    Dr. Karen Yeates, Queen’s University, Biomedical Fellowship 2006 – 2008
  •  Ethnocultural beliefs regarding organ donation
    Dr. Anita Molzahn, University of Victoria, Allied Health Research Grant 1999 – 2001
  • Organ donation by First Nations People
    Dr. John R. Jeffrey, Health Science Center (Manitoba), Special Award Organ Donation 1999 – 2001

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