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Researchers propose efficiency metrics for living kidney donor evaluations

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Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Reuters Health - 09/10/2020 - Certain process and outcome indicators can help measure how efficiently transplant centers evaluate living kidney donors, according to a report in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Over the last 5-10 years, the efficiency of the living donor evaluation process has garnered significantly more attention because of patient advocacy and the significant implications this can have on patient outcomes and health system costs," said coauthor Steven Habbous, who began the research while at Western University, in London, Ontario, and is currently at Ontario Health in Toronto. "We and others have demonstrated that an inefficient evaluation process can lead to potential living donors becoming unable to donate, either because the donor candidate becomes frustrated with the process or because the intended recipient can no longer accept a kidney transplant," Habbous said by email. Using a Delphi process, the researche...


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