In December 2002, a conference was held in Philadelphia to discuss public concerns about living organ transplantation.
The conference met with the goal of reaching a consensus about new strategies for such transplants.
The conference was hosted by the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Bioethics.
A multidisciplinary group of leading experts and stakeholders was called to assess the current status of living donation.
The group suggested productive changes to ensure safer and more ethically sound procedures for both donors and recipients.
Prior to the meeting, the research team conducted literature reviews and extensive background research on living organ transplantation.
|Consensus was reached on standardizing donor assessment, and a living donor registry|
Summary briefs were prepared for all conference participants.
The researchers divided the issues into 4 subcategories; 2 or 3 experts led the discussion on each topic.
At the conclusion of the conference, the points raised were summarized and discussed.
Additional comments were offered before general agreement was reached on each subject.
The team reviewed transcribed minutes and summary statements and circulated among participants to allow for additional comments and clarification.
All feedback was incorporated into the statement, and a draft of the article was re-circulated.
The researchers reported that participants who have endorsed the statements agreed that the points represent the intent and spirit of the discussion.
Each participant reserved the right to disclaim the document in its entirety.
A consensus was reached to propose new strategies and make improvements on existing practices and protocols.
The researchers paid specific attention to the widely accepted needs of consistent and responsible communication with the public and press.
The team also focused on standardization in donor assessment, and a national living donor registry.
In addition, the researchers advocated new research on larger sample numbers and long-term donor follow-up.
The team from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania commented, “These consensus points support the work carried out by other advisory transplant organizations and should assist in advocating for living organ donors, the live donor transplant process and the concerns of the public.”