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Study shows liver transplant center impacts patient outcomes
Date:5/2/2010

outcome differences between transplant centers were greatest during the first three months post-transplant.

Data used in the study was combined and analyzed without naming the transplant centers. "The goal of the research is not to point fingers," says Dr. Kim. "The study was undertaken with the hope of finding ways for the transplant community to make the best use of a very limited resource, namely the donated organs. The data clearly showed that where the transplantation is done makes a difference whether the outcome of a transplant will be successful." In the United States, nearly 16,000 people are waiting for liver transplants.

Dr. Kim notes that there may be several ways transplant center factors can affect transplant outcomes. The most immediate factor is quality of care provided at the center, including surgical, medical and nursing expertise. In addition, how patients and donor organs are selected for transplantation also contributes to the outcome. And last, where the center is located geographically has a substantial impact on availability and quality of donated organs.


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