Author Contributions: Drs Axelrod,
Finlayson, Schaubel, Chobanian, and Merion had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Axelrod,
Finlayson, Schaubel, Goodman, Chobanian, Merion.
Acquisition of data: Axelrod, Goodman.
Analysis and interpretation of data:
Axelrod, Guidinger, Finlayson, Schaubel, Goodman, Merion.
Drafting of the manuscript: Axelrod,
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Guidinger, Finlayson, Schaubel, Goodman,
Statistical analysis: Axelrod, Guidinger,
Obtained funding: Merion.
Administrative, technical, or material support:
Study supervision: Finlayson, Schaubel,
Financial Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients is funded by contract 234-2005-37009C from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), US Department of Health and Human Services.
Role of the Sponsor: An initial draft of the manuscript was provided to HRSA for review. HRSA was not involved in the design and conduct of the study, nor was it involved in the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data;
finally, HRSA did not participate in the preparation or approval of the manuscript.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the US government.
Previous Presentation: Presented in part at the World Transplant Congress, Boston, Massachusetts, July 22-27, 2006.
Additional Contributions: This article was edited by Jennifer McCready-Maynes, BA, Arbor Research Collaborative for Health. Ms McCready-Maynes receives compensation as an employee of the Arbor Research Collaborative for Health. The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients is a project of Arbor Research Collaborative for Health.