Table 3

Results summary table

VariableNumber (%)
Total number of included papers445 (100)
Total number of transplants reported85 477
Median number of transplants per paper (range)72 (1–20524)
Number of papers that explicitly stated organs (hearts, livers, lungs) were from deceased sources173 (39)
Number of papers reporting research ethics approval324 (73)
Number of papers with any information on the identity of the sources of organs63 (14)
Number of papers with explicit statement that no organs from prisoners were used33 (7)
Number of papers that reported consent for donation6 (1)
Number of papers with any statement about the diagnosis of death in sources (after brain death, after cardiac death)64 (14)