Rethinking the Fairness of Organ Transplants – Harvard Business School – 28 November 2011

Posted on November 29, 2011. Filed under: Nephrology |

Rethinking the Fairness of Organ Transplants – Harvard Business School – 28 November 2011

“A proposal out of Harvard and MIT to rethink how kidney transplants are allocated could result in a fairer system giving patients longer lives.

The new empirical model, which is intensely data driven, would provide a flexible framework to policymakers responsible for deciding which potential recipients get organs as they become available—decisions that must be based on various priority and fairness criteria.

“The new system will explicitly give points based on the likelihood of survivability.”The method—the work of Nikolaos Trichakis of Harvard Business School and Dimitris Bertsimas and Vivek F. Farias, both of MIT’s Sloan School—can help policy designers create the most equitable point system based on their chosen constraints and criteria. They detail the proposed model in a new paper, Fairness, Efficiency and Flexibility in Organ Allocation for Kidney Transplantation.

In early simulations, the model suggests that life-year expectancies for the program can be increased by up to 8 percent, depending on variables plugged into the process.”  … continues on the site

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