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May 27, 2020

Fixing Organ Donation: What Gets Measured, Gets Fixed

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Surgical Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2Organize, New York, New York
  • 3Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 4Devoted Health, Waltham, Massachusetts
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(8):687-688. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0748

In 2018, more than 12 000 people on organ transplant waiting lists died or were deemed too sick for transplant. The problem is getting worse as listings continue to outpace supply.1

In the management world, this is often reduced to a question of supply and demand. Although it appears that supply is inadequate, the number of organs procured represent about one-third of the possible donors.2 Where is the gap?

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