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Researchers say OPTN modified heart policy achieving stated goals

Researchers say OPTN modified heart policy achieving stated goals

Preliminary results of the 2018 Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network modified adult heart allocation revision show the policy is achieving its intended goals.

United Network for Organ Sharing research led by research science manager Rebecca Goff, Ph.D., analyzed OPTN data, including early outcomes, geographical distribution, and waitlist and transplant characteristics, a year before, and a year after policy implementation.

“The manuscript revealed the benefit of the new six adult heart statuses that better stratify candidates and give broader access to the most medically urgent patients,” Goff said. “Thinking to the future, I am looking forward to the development of a sophisticated heart allocation score and, eventually, the move to the continuous distribution framework for heart allocation.”

Read more about the research into the effectiveness of the new adult heart allocation policy.

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