Title
Pediatric priority in kidney allocation : challenging its acceptabilityPediatric priority in kidney allocation : challenging its acceptability
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
Heidelberg,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
Transplant international. - Heidelberg, 1988
Volume/pages
27(2014):6, p. 533-540
ISSN
0934-0874
1432-2277
ISI
000335962800007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
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.
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