Keyword: "transplant waiting list"

2 items were found with the keyword "transplant waiting list".

  • Liver Transplant Organ Offer Tool

    PI: Michael L. Volk, MD, MSc, AGAF

    Each time an organ comes along, the physician and potential recipient must decide whether to accept that offer or wait in hopes that a better one will come along.  This decision is a high-risk one, as the wrong choice could mean death for the patient.  It is also a complex one.  Physicians must incorporate multiple donor factors, recipient factors, and donor-recipient interactions, as well as the local magnitude of organ shortage and various technical and logistical concerns.  In a series of studies, we have shown that decisions about organ quality vary widely by transplant center, are inconsistent with the available evidence, and are susceptible to cognitive biases and external forces such as policy changes and competition between centers. Thus, this process of decision-making could stand to be improved. We hypothesize that the availability of a point-of-care decision aid could improve the consistency and accuracy of organ acceptance decision. (05/01/2013 - 04/30/2015)

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  • Liver Quality Decision Aid

    PI: Michael L. Volk, MD, MSc, AGAF

    Organs available for transplantation are of varying quality. Patients awaiting transplant need to balance the risk of taking a lower quality organ to keep them alive versus the risk of dying while waiting for a transplant. This decision aid includes an exercise to help people decide the level of quality they might be willing to accept, given their specific risk of death in the next 3 months. (02/01/2010 - 12/31/2014)