Outcomes of organ transplantation
The benefit of transplantation is to be evaluated in the long term. As an example, the following illustration brings together data on the percentage of survival for transplanted kidneys after one year from various countries and teams around the world. These data are available on the web site of national transplantation organizations or have been published in medical and scientific literature. They are a demonstration that kidney transplantation yields good outcomes in all contexts. It also shows that the difference in results between transplanted kidneys from living and from deceased donors is small, a fact that encourages the use of organs donated from cadavers whenever possible rather than taking the risk, however small, of harming a living donor.
Scientific and professional societies have an essential role in monitoring the outcomes of transplantation and of living donations.
The Transplantation Society is in official relation with WHO to collaborate inter alia on outcomes for recipients and living donors http://www.transplantation-soc.org/