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Increasing organ donation rates by revealing recipient details to families of potential donors

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Many families refuse to consent to donation from their deceased relatives or over-rule the consent given before death by the patient, but giving families more information about the potential recipients of organs could reduce refusal rates. In this paper, we analyse arguments for and against doing so, and conclude that this strategy should be attempted. While it would be impractical and possibly unethical to give details of actual potential recipients, generic, realistic information about the people who could benefit from organs should be provided to families before they make a decision about donation or attempt to over-rule it.

  • donation/procurement of organs/tissues
  • vital organ donation
  • confidentiality/privacy
  • allocation of organs/tissues

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