Date of Graduation

Fall 12-2016

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

Every year the US and European countries face an epidemic of organ failure from a multitude of reasons: cancer, genetic predisposition, exposure to harmful chemicals in home or surrounding areas or through drinking, drugs and smoking. Another problem faced, is the ratio of organ donors to organ recipients. Over 121,000 patients are on the waiting for an organ transplant, and a fraction of those waiting will die because of time. The Hanover Medical school and department of quality management, have created an integrated approach to organ transplant avenues. Quality management is a systematic guide for organ transplantation that allows all clinical trials to follow a standard operating procedure and protocol. This paper will talk about the use of integrated pathways in transplantation management in US/EU transplant centers. It will also discuss how quality management plays an intricate/necessary role in ensuring all clinical trials are efficient in organ transplantation and can meet the necessary demands of saving lives, while improving outcomes of transplanting vital organs. I will also discuss the gaps present in clinical research and the current research that’s being down to enhance the field of organ transplantation. The role of quality management is to ensure that all studies are performed with proper efficacy, high ethical standards, and contain a set of clear standard operating procedures and protocols for each clinical trial.