Liver-transplant policy disfavors children

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Liver-transplant policy disfavors children

September 17, 2018

JAMA study, commentary address systematic bias against kids who need those donor organs.

A study published Sept. 17 in JAMA Network identifies a bias against children in the protocol that designates donor organs for transplant candidates who have liver disease.

“This study gives evidence that children are not given sufficient priority to allow access to transplant,” Dr. Evelyn Hsu, wrote in an editorial published alongside it, Hsu is pediatric liver specialist at the University of Washington School of Medicine and was not involved in the study.  She was interviewed about this issue for NBC News by Maggie Fox, a senior health writer.