April 21, 1999

Understanding Resource Use in Liver Transplantation

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

JAMA. 1999;281(15):1431-1432. doi:10.1001/jama.281.15.1431

Intense concern regarding the mounting expense of health care has naturally prompted special attention to expensive treatments and those devoted to the care of relatively few patients. Liver transplantation exemplifies both of these characteristics. In this issue of THE JOURNAL, Showstack and colleagues1 present an analysis of important variables that contribute to the high cost of liver transplantation. Resource use and costs were examined at 3 participating institutions, and these were related to certain risk factors and practices.

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