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No racial differences seen in outcomes after liver transplantation
Date:11/1/2007

such as age, gender, and diagnosis among the three groups, we found no relationship between recipient race and survival, the authors report. African American patients did just as well as recipients of other races. The observation held up in multivariable analyses and, is in direct contradiction to a report based on UNOS data, they report.

The difference might be explained by the fact that the study data was from patients at select, high-volume, academic medical centers, which may be expected to provide better outcomes than the national average, the authors suggest. Previous studies have shown that center volume has a significant impact on recipient survival.

We postulate that the difference between our data and others stems from unequal access to high-quality liver transplant centers between races, they conclude. Focused investigations to understand and eliminate barriers along the socioeconomic as well as racial boundaries are warranted.


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Contact: Amy Molnar
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John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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