4 years ago

The Kidney Allocation System Claims Equity;It Is Time to Review Utility and Fairness

B. Kaplan, G. B. Klintmalm
The current kidney allocation system (KAS) implemented by the United Network for Organ Sharing in December 2014 was intended to balance inequities in kidney allocation while increasing utility by transplanting kidneys expected to last the longest in patients expected to live the longest. In its first iteration, termed Life Years from Transplant (LYFT), a fairly simple system of allocation was proposed to allocate kidneys based on this principle. LYFT, as opposed to our current process, also addressed the need to have a codified system to allocate kidneys unsuitable for younger patients to older recipients, such that utility could be maximized across the spectrum of potential recipients. Due to political pressures, LYFT was not instituted and our current KAS was implemented as a compromise solution (1).

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1111/ajt.14457

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