December 26, 2010

Informing the Debate: Rates of Kidney Transplantation in Nations With Presumed Consent


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In order to improve organ donation rates, some countries have adopted a policy of presumed consent (“opt out”), where citizens must explicitly state they do not wish to be a donor if they were to become brain dead or a suitable candidate for donation after cardiac death. In this paper, the authors compare the rate of organ donation among countries with presumed consent to those where citizens must explicit agree to be organ donors. Countries with presumed consent had higher deceased organ donation rates, but lower rates of living donation. Adoption of a presumed consent policy may have unexpected consequences on the overall rate of transplantation.
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