Partnering With Your Transplant Team: The Patient's Guide to Transplantation


Partnering With Your Transplant Team: The Patient's Guide to Transplantation


This guide will help transplant patients learn how to navigate the transplantation process. It can also serve as a journal during visits with the transplant team.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • The transplant experience
    • The transplant team
    • What are transplant centers?
    • What are organ procurement organizations?
    • Support groups and other contacts
    • The national waiting list
    • Waiting for a transplant
    • When an organ becomes available
    • Options
  • Financing your transplant
    • The cost of transplantation
    • Insurance
    • Medicare and Medicaid
    • Fundraising
    • Prescription drug assistance
    • The cost of care following transplantation
  • Life after a transplant
    • Transplant recovery
    • Medications—Protecting your transplantation
    • Post-transplant tests
    • Rehabilitation—Making healthy lifestyle decisions
  • Transplantation in America
    • Transplantation works!
    • Becoming an organ and tissue donor spokesperson
    • A public health partnership
  • Resources
    • Where to look for transplant information
    • Contacts
    • Legal framework for transplantation
    • The American Hospital Association's Patient Care Partnership


United Network for Organ Sharing

Funding Sources:

Health Resources and Services Administration, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Division of Transplantation; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Release Date: 2004
Review Date: 2008
Recent Summary: October 2011
Original Summary: March 2006
Last Updated: 10/26/11

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