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Live kidney donation rates have stagnated over the past decade and many potential live donors find the evaluation process lengthy and difficult to control. Researchers recently identified indicators that can be used to monitor and improve the performance of transplant centers to determine how efficiently they are evaluating individuals interested in becoming living kidney donors. The results will appear in an upcoming issue of CJASN.
A team led by Steven Habbous, Ph.D. and Amit Garg, MD, Ph.D. (Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute, both in Canada) surveyed 77 participants, including kidney transplant recipients and recipients, living kidney donors and candidate donors, health care providers, and health administrators.
Researchers identified various process indicators (those that measure how health care is being delivered – for example, the average time it takes to evaluate a donor candidate) and outcome indicators (those that measure issues related to transplantation – for example, annual number living kidney donor transplants).
"We were hoping to come up with a set of meaningful and meaningful metrics that could drive health system improvement. Because of the dedication and dedication of people involved with living donation, we were able to identify various quality indicators that span multiple domains "said Dr. Habbous. "These metrics can be used to compare the performance of transplant centers. Reasons for poor performance can be identified and used specifically to improve quality."
The researchers expect that this will improve the efficiency of the evaluation of living donors and lead to an increase in donations for living kidneys.
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"A RAND-Modified Delphi on Key Indicators to Measure the Efficiency of Scoring Candidates for Living Kidney Donors", DOI: 10.2215 / CJN.03780320
American Society of Nephrology
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