A critical look at the U.S. deceased-donor organ procurement and utilization system

Ozge Ceren Ersoy, Diwakar Gupta, Timothy Pruett

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Abstract

The U.S. system for procuring and utilizing deceased-donor organs for transplantation has been studied and written about in many articles. The purpose of this paper is to examine the interactions between the elements that comprise this system, and point out improvement opportunities that may be affected through operations research/management techniques. The authors demonstrate the need for developing data-driven and analytic tools. In fact, data is used to generate hypotheses and support claims throughout the paper. The paper also points out the need to fully leverage data that is available to researchers, and to seek data that is currently not deposited in a centralized archive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-29
Number of pages27
JournalNaval Research Logistics
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by Health Resources and Services Administration contract 234‐2005‐37011C. The content is the responsibility of the authors alone and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Partial support for this research came from the McCombs Research Excellence Grant given to Diwakar Gupta, which allowed researchers to obtain STAR file data. The authors are grateful for constructive comments received from an AE and a reviewer, which have helped improve the manuscript a greatdeal.

Funding Information:
information Health Resources and Services Administration, 234-2005-37011C; McCombs School of Business Research Excellence Grant, NoneThis work was supported in part by Health Resources and Services Administration contract 234-2005-37011C. The content is the responsibility of the authors alone and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Partial support for this research came from the McCombs Research Excellence Grant given to Diwakar Gupta, which allowed researchers to obtain STAR file data. The authors are grateful for constructive comments received from an AE and a reviewer, which have helped improve the manuscript a greatdeal.

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Keywords

  • discard rate
  • distribution and allocation of organs
  • donor risk-and transplantation-benefit measurement
  • organ procurement organizations
  • transplant centers

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