It has long been recognized that there is significant variation in the way that centers approach clinical management and problems within pediatric transplantation. This has recently been highlighted in two publications by the PHTS showing practice variation in both surveillance for cardiac allograft vasculopathy and diagnosis of acute rejection. These differences in practice are important to recognize and serve as the foundation for collaborative learning, developing research questions, and implementing quality improvement initiatives. To further understand the practice variation within the society, and to begin the process of learning from each other, the society has developed a Clinical Approach Working Group, whose task is to tackle issues seen in transplant and integrate current literature with clinical protocols and experience from the individual sites. The early work of this group has results in the series of Clinical approach articles presented in this issue of Pediatric Transplantation.
- heart transplant
- practice variation