How to Take Racial Bias Out of Kidney Tests

How to Take Racial Bias Out of Kidney Tests

To determine kidney health, doctors first measure factors such as the level of creatinine, a by-product of muscle breakdown, in the blood. This could be explained by the fact that a higher proportion of Black study participants may have already had end-stage kidney disease. In order to qualify for a kidney transplant, a patient’s eGFR score has to be low enough to be considered end-stage kidney disease. By this point, I’d already seen so many instances where race, particularly Black race, is brought up as a risk factor—somehow the color of your skin is linked to all of your physiology. The National Kidney Foundation is having a whole task force to discuss whether or not national recommendations should be changed.

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