Kidney Allocation System Cuts Racial Disparities in Transplant

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A new kidney allocation system implemented in 2014 by the United Network for Organ Sharing reduced racial disparities in receipt of kidney transplant, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.
FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new kidney allocation system implemented in 2014 by the United Network for Organ Sharing reduced racial disparities in receipt of kidney transplant, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

Taylor A. Melanson, from Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues examined the effect of the new kidney allocation system implemented in 2014 on racial disparities in receipt of kidney transplant. Data were analyzed for 179,071 transplant waiting list events from June 2013 to September 2016, and monthly transplantation rates were calculated (34,133 patients received transplants).

The researchers observed a narrowing of disparities in the average monthly transplantation rates with implementation of the new system, by 0.29 and 0.24 percent for blacks and Hispanics versus whites, respectively. This resulted in both disparities becoming nonsignificant. Continue reading
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