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Bias Against Older Organ Donors May be Leading to Smaller Organ Supply for Transplants

November 14, 2022

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5-15 mins
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Presented by Health Lab

Biases against organ donors directly correlate with the smaller organ supply for transplants. Depending on your age, the likelihood of one receiving an organ is becoming slimmer, according to the medical staff at Michigan Medicine. Looking at small changes for patients to be put off of the waiting list is the optimal decision right now for patients. Clare E. Jacobson, M.D., a general surgery resident at the University of Michigan Health, was curious whether the bias would still exist if the research encompassed all organ types or just a few being examined. 

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