Rethinking Transplant Quality: New Performance Measures and Waitlist Prioritization

Abstract

Over 11,000 patients are listed annually for liver transplantation (LT) in the United States; however, nearly 3000 of these patients never undergo transplant.1 It is crucial to optimize posttransplant outcomes for the recipient of each graft while minimizing wait?list mortality. This balance is complex and involves center?specific factors including appropriate recipient identification, expeditious wait?listing, and effective care of wait?listed patients.