Publication
Title
Pediatric priority in kidney allocation : challenging its acceptability
Author
Abstract
Any organ which is allocated to one individual represents a missed opportunity for someone else. Given the important repercussions which organ allocation policies inevitably have for certain people, any prioritization policy should rest on a solid argumentative basis. In this study, we analyze the widespread practice of prioritizing pediatric patients in the allocation of kidneys. While official policy documents offer no arguments in support of pediatric priority, such arguments can be found in the academic literature on pediatric renal transplantation. Our study is the first to bring together and critically analyze these. We identify five commonly cited arguments and show that none of these succeeds in justifying pediatric priority policies. We argue that the legitimacy of such policies may be further undermined by their potential adverse effects on both adults and children.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Transplant international. - Heidelberg, 1988
Publication
Heidelberg : 2014
ISSN
0934-0874 [print]
1432-2277 [online]
Volume/pages
27:6(2014), p. 533-540
ISI
000335962800007
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
Full text (publisher's version - intranet only)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Publication type
Subject
Law 
External links
Web of Science
Record
Identification
Creation 19.01.2016
Last edited 21.09.2017