About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Patients Require a Say in Liver Transplant Decisions

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on July 17, 2014 at 6:32 PM
Font : A-A+

 Patients Require a Say in Liver Transplant Decisions

More than half of liver transplant patients want to be informed about donor's risk at the time of transplantation, a new study has found. Nearly 80% of those patients want to be involved in the decision of whether or not to accept the organ according to findings published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society.

There is a shortage of available donor organs, which leaves many on the liver transplant waiting list. Currently, there are more than 16,000 patients in need of a liver in the U.S., according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). While the use of extended criteria donors increases available organs, it comes with higher donor-related risks compared to a standard criteria donor. Medical evidence shows discussions with transplant candidates regarding donor-related risk vary from country to country.

Advertisement

"Donor-related risks such as disease transmission and graft failure are weighed against the patient's risk of remaining on the waiting list," explains Dr. Robert Porte from the University Medical Center Groningen in The Netherlands. "While active patient decision making and donor-specific risk have been discussed in the medical literature, our study is the first to report the opinions of liver patients on these issues."

For the present study the team surveyed 40 liver transplant candidates and 179 patients who received liver transplants at the University Medical Center between 2000 and 2010. The study group was primarily middle-aged, Dutch men. Between 60% and 75% of the patients wanted to be informed of donor-related risk, with 53% of the group preferring to be informed of these risks at the time of organ offer. Of these patients, 80% wanted to be involved in deciding to accept the organ or not, 11% wished to make the final decision alone and 10% did not want to be involved in the decision-making process.
Advertisement

"Our findings clearly show that the majority of transplant candidates would like to be involved in the decision-making process," concludes Dr. Porte. "Implementing this knowledge and standardizing the content, the manner of transfer and the amount of information we provide to our patients at the different time points along the transplant allocation process will be important to provide the same opportunities and care to every patient on the waiting list."



Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021 - It's time to RISE
First-Ever Successful Pig-To-Human Kidney Transplantation
World Osteoporosis Day 2021 -
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Hepatitis A Liver Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Wilson's Disease Sclerosing Cholangitis Milk Thistle Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? Adult to Child Living Donor Liver Transplantation 

Recommended Reading
Liver Transplant may be the Answer for Lathosterolosis
Liver transplant may help to cure lathosterolosis, reveals a recent case report....
Adult to Child Living Donor Liver Transplantation
Adult to child liver transplantation refers to removing a small segment of liver from an adult and t...
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Find out more about the degenerative disease- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis....
Current Treatments for Liver Cancer
Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result ...
Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India
Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is...
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. H...
Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?
The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk ...
Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication ...
Sclerosing Cholangitis
Sclerosing cholangitis is a liver disease characterized by inflammation and scarring of bile ducts w...
Wilson's Disease
This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before o...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use