Physician and Patient Acceptance of Policies to Reduce Kidney Discard

Sanjay Mehrotra, Karolina Schantz, John J Friedewald, Daniela P Ladner, Yolanda Becker, Richard Formica, Masoud Barah, Jiayi Gu, Elisa J Gordon

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Abstract

Despite the shortage of kidneys for transplantation in the United States, approximately 18-20% of deceased donor kidneys are discarded each year. These discarded kidneys can offer a survival benefit to suitable patients. Revisions to the current kidney allocation policy may be needed to reduce deceased donor kidney discard. We surveyed transplant physicians and patients to assess their perceived acceptability of policy proposals to reduce the discard of deceased donor kidneys. Members of professional societies (AST, ASTS) and a patient organization (AAKP) were invited to complete the survey. Responses were obtained from 97 physicians and 107 patients. The majority of physicians (73.4%) and patients (73.8%) 'somewhat' or 'completely' accepted a policy for fast-tracking kidneys at risk of discard. Physicians and patients also supported returning a proportion of waiting time to patients who accept KDPI >85 kidneys and experience graft failure within the first 12-months, with 36% of physicians and 50% of patients electing to return 100% of the waiting time. The majority of physicians (75%) 'somewhat or completely' accepted a policy to skip less aggressive centers for KDPI 90+ offers. Physicians and patients provided insights into factors researchers and policy makers should consider in the design and implementation of these policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e14054
JournalClinical Transplantation
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - Aug 1 2020

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