Donate or do not?
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.
CommentsThe original article is available at http://www.rcsismj.com/ Part of the RCSIsmj collection: https://doi.org/10.25419/rcsi.c.6790383.v1
Published CitationPatel M. Donate or do not? RCSIsmj. 2019;12(1):128-131
- Undergraduate Research
PublisherRCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences
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