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In April 2006, the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit became the first NHS transplant unit in the UK to offer adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT). However, within the first 21 months of its availability, no patients on the transplant waiting list had pursued this treatment option. A qualitative interview study was devised to elicit the views of(More)
Cross-sectional echocardiography is a new noninvasive technique for imaging the heart. We developed a method for using mechanical cross-sectional echocardiograms (sector scans) to determine left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction. Using left ventricular cineangiography as a standard, sector scan ejection fraction correlated better (r = 0.93) than(More)
BACKGROUND Kidney damage at organ retrieval is believed to be an increasing problem that is under reported. We aimed to identify the true rate of such damage and assess the effects on transplant survival. METHODS Data from the UK National Transplant Database were analysed on all cadaveric kidneys donated over a 5-year period in the UK. Records indicated(More)
INTRODUCTION There is significant intercentre variability in access to renal transplantation in the UK due to poorly understood factors. The overarching aims of this study are to improve equity of access to kidney and kidney-pancreas transplantation across the UK and to optimise organ allocation to maximise the benefit and cost-effectiveness of(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore how patients who are wait-listed for or who have received a kidney transplant understand the current UK kidney allocation system, and their views on ways to allocate kidneys in the future. DESIGN Qualitative study using semistructured interviews and thematic analysis based on a pragmatic approach. PARTICIPANTS 10 deceased-donor(More)
BACKGROUND The influence of donor and recipient factors on outcomes following kidney transplantation is commonly analysed using Cox regression models, but this approach is not useful for predicting long-term survival beyond observed data. We demonstrate the application of a flexible parametric approach to fit a model that can be extrapolated for the purpose(More)
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