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World J Methodol. Jan 20, 2022; 12(1): 32-42
Published online Jan 20, 2022. doi: 10.5662/wjm.v12.i1.32
Liver transplant allocation policies and outcomes in United States: A comprehensive review
Nyan L Latt, Mumtaz Niazi, Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos
Nyan L Latt, Mumtaz Niazi, Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ 07101-1709, United States
Author contributions: Latt NL and Niazi M researched, planned, outlined and wrote the entire manuscript; Pyrsopoulos NT advised the outline, reviewed and edited the manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: Dr. Pyrsopoulos reports grants from MALLINCKRODT, grants from VALEANT, grants from GILEAD, grants and other from BAYER, grants from BEIGENE, grants from GENFIT, grants from PROMETHEUS, grants from GRIFOLS, grants from INTERCEPT, grants from ZYDUS, grants and other from EISAI, other from ROCHE, grants from ABBVIE, grants from NOVARTIS, outside the submitted work.
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Corresponding author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, 185 S. Orange Avenue MSB H Rm–536, Newark, NJ 07101-1709, United States.
Received: February 24, 2021
Peer-review started: February 24, 2021
First decision: May 6, 2021
Revised: June 21, 2021
Accepted: November 12, 2021
Article in press: November 12, 2021
Published online: January 20, 2022
Core Tip

Core Tip: The liver transplant donor allocation and distribution polices have evolved over three decades. The liver donor distribution policy has recently changed from donor-service area-based policy to the acuity circle model. The new policy is believed to work more efficiently and equitably for waitlist candidates across the United States.