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Table 3 Individual ranking of all attributes important to patients and caregivers regarding organ allocation

From: Patient preferences for the allocation of deceased donor kidneys for transplantation: a mixed methods study

Rank Allocation attributes Mean priority score % times ranked in top 10
   All Post-transplant Waiting list p value All Post-transplant Waiting list p value
1 Matching/blood type/tissue compatibility 13.97 14.74 12.62 0.032 94% 98% 84% NS
2 Time on waiting list 11.08 10.91 11.38 NS 94% 73% 76% NS
3 Need/Medical urgency 11.08 11.83 9.77 NS 89% 79% 65% NS
4 Likelihood of surviving surgery 9.25 9.74 8.38 NS 78% 65% 56% NS
5 Age/Life stage* 8.19 7.70 9.08 NS 67% 51% 61% NS
6 Other illnesses, current health and fitness 7.50 8.04 6.54 NS 64% 54% 44% NS
7 Duration of illness 7.03 6.74 7.54 NS 58% 45% 50% NS
8 Quality of life 6.92 6.91 6.92 NS 53% 46% 46% NS
9 Number of organs needed 6.14 8.45 2.23 < 0.0001 49% 56% 15% 0.001
10 Impact on recipients family/family circumstances/dependents 5.75 5.87 5.54 NS 50% 39% 37% NS
11 Years of life after transplant - life expectancy 5.50 5.83 4.92 NS 36% 39% 33% NS
12 Lifestyle factors (smoking drugs drinking obesity compliance) 4.81 4.04 6.15 NS 31% 27% 41% NS
13 Post- transplant: Support, follow-up, adherence, ability to cope 4.33 4.35 4.31 NS 31% 29% 29% NS
14 Whether first or subsequent transplants 2.25 1.00 4.46 0.002 17% 7% 30% NS
15 Donor vs. non donor status 2.19 2.78 1.15 NS 14% 19% 8% NS
16 Risk of losing graft/rejection/surgical risk 2.00 2.26 1.54 NS 17% 15% 10% NS
17 Contribution to community 1.89 1.30 2.92 NS 6% 9% 19% NS
18 Distance/geography/logistics: get to hospital on time 1.36 1.13 1.77 NS 6% 8% 12% NS
19 Psychological state of recipient/major psychological illness 1.22 1.91 0.00 0.029 8% 13% 0% NS
20 Likelihood of recurrent disease in new organ/cause of disease 1.19 1.87 0.00 0.038 6% 12% 0% NS
21 Religion/race 0.53 0.70 0.23 NS 0% 5% 2% NS
22 Sex 0.44 0.52 0.31 NS 0% 3% 2% NS
23 Weight 0.00 0.00 0.00 NS 0% 0% 0% NS
  1. *could be preference given to younger & children/or some say older because they can't afford to wait too long; NS, not statistically significant