Since 2018, Health Canada has been leading an initiative called the Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative (The Collaborative) with provinces and territories, Canadian Blood Services (CBS), patients, families, clinical and administrative stakeholders and researchers from across the country.

The Collaborative’s goal is to achieve organ donation improvements that result in better patient outcomes and an increase in the number and quality of successful transplantations. The Collaborative has funded 11 key projects including those described in the snapshots below. 

ODTC Project Snapshots

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Project Snapshot: Role of Patients in Organ Donation and Transplantation Governance Models and Decision-Making Processes

Role of Patients in Organ Donation and Transplantation Governance Models and Decision-Making Processes

The project aims to conduct an environmental scan of patient-centered governance models in Canada’s healthcare sectors and make recommendations on patient involvement. The recommendations will inform the Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative ( the Collaborative) as they move forward on the development of a pan-Canadian ODT governance model.

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Mapping the Canadian Research and Innovation Ecosystem in Organ Donation and Transplantation

The objective of this project is to develop a shared vision of the future direction for R&I with and within the ODT community to improve ODT outcomes to the benefit of patients and Canadians at large.

                                                                                             

              

Developing a Brain-based Definition of Death and Evidence-based Criteria for its Determination after Arrest of Circulation or Neurologic Function in Canada
The objective of this project is to develop a clinical practice guideline that includes a brain-based definition of death as well as evidence-based and expert-informed criteria for death determination after arrest of circulation or neurologic function.

 

 

 

Donor Identification and Referral as a Critical Patient Safety Event Leading to Preventable Harm for Transplant Candidates
This project aims to develop an implementation strategy to reduce missed donor identification and referral opportunities and improve accountability mechanisms in deceased donation.

 

 

 

Implementation of Donation Advisor - a Personalized Clinical Decision Support Tool for Improved Efficiency and Effectiveness of Deceased Organ Donation and Transplantation
This project aims to implement and evaluate a clinical decision support tool, called Donor Advisor, in six hospitals, which will assist in identifying potential DCD donors.

 

 

Legislative Strategies to Improve Deceased Donation in Canada: A Special Focus on Evaluating the Impact of Opt-Out Legislation in Nova Scotia
This project will gather evidence to inform legislative strategies aimed at improving organ donation and to evaluate the impact of opt-out legislation on organ donation in Nova Scotia. 
  

All ODTC Project Snapshots 

  • Improving Access to Living Donor Kidney Transplantation (LDKT) in Communities Marginalized by Race and Ethnicity in Canada
  • Developing a Brain-based Definition of Death and Evidencebased Criteria for its Determination after Arrest of Circulation or Neurologic Function in Canada
  • Implementation of Donation Advisor - a Personalized Clinical Decision Support Tool for Improved Efficiency and Effectiveness of Deceased Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Donor Identification and Referral as a Critical Patient Safety Event Leading to Preventable Harm for Transplant Candidates 
  • Assessing and Improving the Governance of Organ Donation and Transplantation in Canada
  • Legislative Strategies to Improve Deceased Donation in Canada: A Special Focus on Evaluating the Impact of Opt-Out Legislation in Nova Scotia
  • Mapping Provincial/Territorial Decision-Making Mechanisms and Implementation Procedures for Organ Sharing Policies
  • Improving Engagement and Empowerment of Patients and Families through their Transplant Journey
  • Implementation and Evaluation of an Electronic Patient Reported Outcome Measure Platform in Pediatric Transplantation
  • Surgical Recovery Models in Canada: Current and Future State