In 2002, the Italian Ministry of Health (IMH) launched a formal call for health research programs within the Research and Development (R&D) Policy. In this context, the research program "Innovative Strategies to Expand Cadaveric Donor Pool for Liver Transplantation" (SITF Project) has been proposed. The SITF Project has been formally approved by IMH as a 2-year research program included in the R&D Policy. The main goals of the SITF Project are to improve matching criteria for split liver transplantation (SLT) in both pediatric and adult recipients, to promote an increase of the SLT/full- size liver transplantation ratio at the national level, and, especially, to establish shared criteria for SLT in 2 adult recipients. The original executive plan of the SITF Project prefigured the participation of both the Italian transplantation centers with more advanced experience in the field of SLT, and institutional partnership, such as Nord Italia Transplant (NITp) and Italian National Transplant Center. A first Web public area concerning the SITF Project has been activated, as well as a reserved Web area with the aim to share cadaveric donors and patients in the waiting lists between Operative Units involved in the research program. For this objective, the first version Oracle-based database able to perform an automatic matching between a single cadaveric donor and 2 potential adult recipients has been released at the beginning of 2005. The SITF Project represents a new approach in the management of SLT for 2 adult recipients in Italy and a model for a functional network between Italian transplantation centers.
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|Publication status||Published - 2005|
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