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Transplantation at the nexus of behavioral economics and health care delivery.
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PMID:  23279680     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The transplant surgeon's decision to accept and utilize an organ typically is made within a constrained time window, explicitly cognizant of numerous health-related risks and under the potential influence of considerable regulatory and institutional pressures. This decision affects the health of two distinct populations, those patients receiving organ transplants and those waiting to receive a transplant; it also influences the physician's life and their institute's productivity. The numerous, at times nonaligned, incentives established by the complex clinical and regulatory environment, have been derived specifically to influence physicians' behaviors, and though well intended, may lead to responses that are nonoptimal when considering the myriad stakeholders being influenced. This may compromise the quality of care provided to the population at risk, and has potential to influence the physician-patient relationship. A synergistic collaboration between transplant physicians and economists that is focused on this decision environment may help to alleviate these strains. This viewpoint discusses behavioral economic principles and how they might be applied to transplantation. Specifically, the previous medical decision-making literature on transplantation will be reviewed and a discussion on how a behavioral model of physician decision making can be utilized will be explored. To date this approach has not been integrated into transplantation decision making.
K E Schnier; J C Cox; C McIntyre; R Ruhil; V Sadiraj; N Turgeon
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1600-6143     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Transplant.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-01-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100968638     Medline TA:  Am J Transplant     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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No claim to original US government works Journal compilation © 2012 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
Department of Economics and Experimental Economics Center (ExCEN), Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, GA.
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