AJT - OPTN/SRTR 2011 Annual Data Report - International Data

B. L. Kasiske, M. A. Skeans, T. R., Leighton, V. Ghimirec, S. N. Leppke, A. K. Israni

ABSTRACT For the first time, OPTN/SRTR has undertaken to publish global transplant rates as part of its Annual Data Report. Understanding why rates vary from country to country may lead to a better understanding of how to improve access to transplant everywhere. Availability of information varies substantially from country to country, and how complete and accurate the data are is difficult to ascertain. For Canada, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom, data were supplied at SRTR request from wellknown registries. For many other countries, SRTR was unable to obtain information, and data from the World Health Organization’s Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation were used. Transplant counts and rates vary substantially around the world, likely due to 1) differences in rates of end-organ diseases, 2) economic differences in the ability to provide transplants or other end-organ disease treatment, 3) cultural differences that might support or hinder organ donation and transplant, and 4) reporting differences.

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