Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Session Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Presentation Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Hall C & D
*Purpose: The purpose of this research project was to evaluate the role of non-traditional subjective environmental factors in long-term outcomes of liver transplantation.
*Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of consecutive adult liver transplants performed at a single center from 2012 – 2017. The difference between compared groups was assessed using independent sample t-tests or one-way analysis of variance. The association between continuous variables was assessed using linear regression. Non-traditional environmental factors were classified as distance traveled to the transplant center, marital status, education level and the requirement to fund raise pre-transplant. Outcomes measured included length of stay, missed appointments, graft survival and patient survival.
*Results: There were 455 patients who received a liver transplant. There was no significant difference in length of stay based on marital status (p=0.18), education level (p=0.77), distance from the transplant center (p=0.68), or the requirement to fundraise (p=0.87). Measured outcomes demonstrated no significant difference in the number of missed pre-transplant appointments according to marital status (p=0.24), education level (p=0.99), distance from the transplant center (p=0.16), or the requirement to fundraise (p=0.83). There was no significant difference in graft survival or overall patient survival based on marital status, education level, distance from the transplant center, or the requirement to fundraise.
*Conclusions: Our findings indicate liver transplant outcomes are not impacted by non-traditional environmental factors. These findings suggest subjective factors should not impact approval listing decisions for liver transplantation.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Buggs J, Patino D, Evans B, Anderson C, Delfavero C, Rogers E, Alsina A, Kumar A. The Role of Non-Traditional Environmental Factors in Long-Term Outcomes of Liver Transplantation [abstract]. Am J Transplant. 2019; 19 (suppl 3). https://atcmeetingabstracts.com/abstract/the-role-of-non-traditional-environmental-factors-in-long-term-outcomes-of-liver-transplantation/. Accessed September 30, 2020.
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