Disparity in Access to Care Impacts Liver Transplant Mortality

Danielle Lentobarros, Sarah Karp, Gyorgy J. Simon, Timothy Pruett, Jesse Schold, Lisiane Pruinelli

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This study aims to analyze how access to care influences patient mortality rates after liver transplants in adults by analyzing the relationships between insurance coverage, income, geographic location, and mortality rates post-transplantation. It was hypothesized that a sociodemographic variable, such as insurance type, geographical location, and income level would impact mortality rates post-liver transplant. Results showed that unknown insurance coverage increased the likelihood of mortality post-transplant, income level was not found to be a significant indicator, and patients living in the Northeast region of the United States were more likely to die post-liver transplant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNurses and Midwives in the Digital Age - Selected Papers, Posters and Panels from the 15th International Congress in Nursing Informatics
EditorsMichelle Honey, Charlene Ronquillo, Ting-Ting Lee, Lucy Westbrooke
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781643682204
StatePublished - Dec 15 2021
Event15th International Congress in Nursing Informatics: Nurses and Midwives in the Digital Age, NI 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Aug 23 2021Sep 2 2021

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference15th International Congress in Nursing Informatics: Nurses and Midwives in the Digital Age, NI 2021
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Lisiane Pruinelli, University of Minnesota is a Visiting Fellow at OptumLabs. Data for this study was obtained from the OptumLabs Data Warehouse, a database of health claims, clinical, demographic and other data elements. Study data were accessed using techniques compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and, because this study involved analysis of pre-existing, de-identified data, it was exempt from Institutional Review Board approval. This study was funded by the University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship (GIA) #212912.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and IOS Press.


  • Liver transplantation
  • health disparity
  • mortality

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  • Journal Article


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