Waiting list registration for kidney transplants must improve

B J J M Haase-Kromwijk, Martin B. A. Heemskerk, W Weimar, S P Berger, A J Hoitsma

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate how the composition of the waiting list for postmortem kidney transplant has developed, and whether the waiting list reflects actual demand.

DESIGN: Retrospective research and cohort study.

METHOD: We used data from the period 2000-2014 from the Dutch Transplant Foundation, 'RENINE' and Eurotransplant. This concerned data on postmortem kidney donation, live donor transplants, the waiting list and kidney transplantation.

RESULTS: The postmortem kidney transplant waiting list included transplantable (T) and non-transplantable (NT) patients. The number of T-patients declined from 1271 in 2000 to 650 in 2014, and the median waiting time between the start of dialysis and postmortem kidney transplant decreased from 4.1 years in 2006 to 3.1 years in 2014. The total number of patients on the waiting list, however, increased from 2263 in 2000 to 2560 in 2014 and in the same period the number of new patient registrations increased from 772 to 1212. In about 80% of the NT-patients the reason for their NT status was not registered. A cohort analysis showed that NT-patients have a 2-times lower chance of a postmortem kidney transplant and a 2-times higher chance of leaving the waiting list without transplantation or of live-donor transplantation.

CONCLUSION: The demand for donor kidneys remains high. The increased number of transplants resulted in a declining waiting list for T-patients while the total waiting list is getting longer. Waiting list registration and maintenance need to be improved, to give better insight into the real demand.

Translated title of the contributionWaiting list registration for kidney transplants must improve
Original languageDutch
Number of pages9
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Issue numberD812
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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