Informed Consent Liver Donor

Living Liver Donor Evaluation Consent Forms Deficient

We contacted each of the 41 US centers that performed at least one living donor liver transplant in 2011. Twenty-six centers shared their consent form for living donor evaluation (response rate: 70%).

We found that 57% of the centers included the 9 mandated CMS elements. Although the OPTN guidelines are non-binding, 78% of the centers utilized consent forms that addressed at least two-thirds of the elements recommended by OPTN. Only 17% of centers provided written offers of an alibi to donors who withdrew from evaluation. Based on our findings, we offer suggestions that may be relevant to ongoing revisions to OPTN living liver donor consent policy and may help centers improve the clarity of their written consent forms.

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