Eudaimonia: An Aristotelian approach to transplantation

Lisa M. McElroy*, Allan D. Kirk

*Corresponding author for this work

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Despite extraordinary achievements in over the past 20 years, the field of transplantation remains hindered by relatively narrow metrics for success. Eudaimonia is an Aristotelian concept that refers to flourishing, or achieving the best conditions possible, in every sense. The vast amounts of patient data that are collected throughout the transplant care continuum, ranging from social determinants of health to genomic profiles and patient-reported outcomes, afford us unprecedented opportunity to enhance our definition of success for our transplant patients. We must engage the technologies available for data integration and analysis and apply them in an insightful way, such that our clinical practice evolves beyond patient and graft survival and toward a more comprehensive state of wellness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2014-2017
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • accommodation
  • disparities
  • editorial/personal viewpoint
  • informatics
  • organ transplantation in general
  • patient characteristics
  • quality of care/care delivery
  • social sciences


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