Adult living donor liver transplantation: Preferences about donation outside the medical community

Scott J. Cotler*, Robert McNutt, Raj Patil, Geraldine Banaad-Omiotek, Mary Morrissey, Richard Abrams, Sheldon Cotler, Donald M. Jensen

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An increasing number of transplant centers are performing adult living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). We evaluated peoples' perspectives on possible outcomes of living donation, thresholds for donating, and views regarding the donation process. One hundred fifty people were surveyed; half were from a medical care group serving an indigent population and half were from a private clinic. Preferences about outcomes of adult living donation were ranked and quantified on a visual analogue scale. Thresholds for donation to a loved one were quantified. Sixty percent of the respondents suggested they would prefer to donate and die and have the transplant recipient live rather than forgo donation and have the potential transplant recipient die of liver failure. Participants' stated threshold for living donation was a median survival for themselves of only 79%. They would require that their loved one have a median survival of 55% with transplantation before they would agree to donate. Respondents from the medical care group reported higher survival thresholds for themselves and the transplant recipient, and race was the most statistically significant predictor of those thresholds. Sex was more predictive of threshold probabilities from the private clinic. Eighty-one percent of the respondents believed that the potential donor, not a physician, should have the final say regarding candidacy for living donation. In conclusion, the findings of this survey support the use of adult LDLT. Most respondents were willing to accept mortality rates that far exceed the estimated risk of donation and favored outcomes in which a loved one was saved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-340
Number of pages6
JournalLiver Transplantation
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Hepatology
  • Transplantation


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