June 14, 2011

Improving the Allocation System for Deceased-Donor Kidneys

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This “Perspective” article and the accompanying piece Risk, Prognosis, and Unintended Consequences in Kidney Allocation look at a recent proposal to change the allocation of deceased donor kidneys in the United States. The new system would use models which estimates a patient’s risk of death and a kidney’s risk of graft failure, and then allocates kidneys with the longest expected survival to those patients on the waiting list with longest expected survival. These two pieces explain the rationale and development of this proposal, as well as some potential negative outcomes of such a change.

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