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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajt.13282/abstract

Critical Factors Associated With Missing Follow-Up Data for Living Kidney Donors in the United States
J. D. Schold1,2,*, L. D. Buccini1,3, J. R. Rodrigue4, D. Mandelbrot5, D. A. Goldfarb6, S. M. Flechner2,6, L. K. Kayler7 andE. D. Poggio2,6
DOI: 10.1111/ajt.13282
American Journal of Transplantation

Abstract

Follow-up care for living kidney donors is an important responsibility of the transplant community. Prior reports indicate incomplete donor follow-up information, which may reflect both donor and transplant center factors. New UNOS regulations require reporting of donor follow-up information by centers for 2 years. We utilized national SRTR data to evaluate donor and center-level factors associated with completed follow-up for donors 2008–2012 (n = 30 026) using multivariable hierarchical logistic models. We compared center follow-up compliance based on current UNOS standards using adjusted and unadjusted models. Complete follow-up at 6, 12, and 24 months was 67%, 60%, and 50% for clinical and 51%, 40%, and 30% for laboratory data, respectively, but have improved over time. Donor risk factors for missing laboratory data included younger age 18–34 (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 2.03, 1.58–2.60), black race (AOR = 1.17, 1.05–1.30), lack of insurance (AOR = 1.25, 1.15–1.36), lower educational attainment (AOR = 1.19, 1.06–1.34), >500 miles to center (AOR = 1.78, 1.60–1.98), and centers performing >40 living donor transplants/year (AOR = 2.20, 1.21–3.98). Risk-adjustment moderately shifted classification of center compliance with UNOS standards. There is substantial missing donor follow-up with marked variation by donor characteristics and centers. Although follow-up has improved over time, targeted efforts are needed for donors with selected characteristics and at centers with higher living donor volume. Adding adjustment for donor factors to policies regulating follow-up may function to provide more balanced evaluation of center efforts.
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Why Transplant Centers Have Incomplete Living Donor Follow-up
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2015, 10:01:07 AM »
http://livingdonorsarepeopletoo.com/why-transplant-centers-have-incomplete-living-donor-follow-up/


Why Transplant Centers Have Incomplete Living Donor Follow-up
by LDPeopleToo
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The Secretary of Health mandated one year of follow-up on all living donors in 2000. Yet data submission is still abysmal. Yes, OPTN paid lip service to the importance of living donor data with the new/rehashed policy in 2013, but we have no way of knowing if the situation will improve. After all, there’s still no indication that any center will be penalized for not complying, and there’s no way for living donors to know what data is being submitted on their behalf. Without such teeth, what’s to stop a center from carrying on as usual and/or submitting false data? If history is any indication, it’s not as if they have anything to fear if they do.
Unrelated directed kidney donor in 2003, 500+ time blood & platelet donor and counting!
Rep to the OPTN/UNOS Boards of Directors & Executive, Kidney Transplantation, & Ad Hoc Public Solicitation of Organ Donors Committees 2005-2011

 

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