Economic trends and organ donation rates in the USA: An ecological analysis

Main Article Content

Margaret Frere
Raywat Deonandan



The ecological association between several economic indicators and organ donation rates in the USA were examined for the years 1988 to 2012.  A strong, positive correlation was identified between GDP per capita and all organ donation rates, except for heart donation, for which a strong, negative correlation was found.  These results suggest that economic downturns may be associated with reductions in organ availability, except for heart allografts.