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posted on 2023-08-15, 09:23 authored by Matthew Patel

Organ transplantation is the standard of care for patients with end-of-life organ failure.  A rapid increase in the number of patients requiring organ transplantation, without an increase in the number of organ donors, has resulted in long transplant waiting lists and a scenario where patients often die before receiving a transplant. Organ donation rates remain frustratingly low, despite encouragement for donation from governments, the public, and healthcare professionals. Efforts to increase organ donation have largely failed, due to a lack of theoretical framework and standardisation.  Expanding the scope of organ donation requires a multidisciplinary approach, grounded in ethics, considering the multitude of factors and stakeholders involved.  Evidence-based strategies involving legislation, education, donation co-ordinators, hospital committees, and population-based donor programmes have the potential to increase organ donation rates and eliminate the disconnect between organ supply and demand.

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The original article is available at http://www.rcsismj.com/ Part of the RCSIsmj collection: https://doi.org/10.25419/rcsi.c.6790383.v1

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Patel M. Donate or do not? RCSIsmj. 2019;12(1):128-131

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2019

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  • Undergraduate Research

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RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

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  • Published Version (Version of Record)

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