Time for change: the need for a pragmatic approach to addressing organ shortage in the UK

Farrell, Anne-Maree
September 2008
Clinical Ethics;2008, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p149
Academic Journal
This article sets out the key findings from the seminar series 'Transplantation and organ deficit in the UK: Pragmatic solutions to ethical controversy' which ran from November 2006 to March 2008, and was sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council. A broad range of issues were examined in the seminars, including religious and cultural attitudes affecting organ donation, the role of health-care professionals and what could be learned from the experiences of other countries, particularly in the European context. Core participants in the series came from a range of academic and practitioner backgrounds and had different ethical perspectives on issues affecting organ donation and transplantation. Notwithstanding such diversity, the findings set out in the article reflect the fact that core participants were focused on developing a principled, yet pragmatic approach to dealing with the urgent problem of organ shortage in the UK.


Related Articles

  • Truthfulness in transplantation: non-heart-beating organ donation. Potts, Michael // Philosophy, Ethics & Humanities in Medicine;2007, Vol. 2, p17 

    The current practice of organ transplantation has been criticized on several fronts. The philosophical and scientific foundations for brain death criteria have been crumbling. In addition, donation after cardiac death, or non-heartbeating-organ donation (NHBD) has been attacked on grounds that...

  • Editorial Comment: Merits of cadaveric lobar lung transplantation. Bharat, Ankit; Patterson, G. Alexander // European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery;Jun2013, Vol. 43 Issue 6, p1225 

    The article comments on a study published within the issue which evaluated the merits of cadaveric lobar lung transplantation (CLLT) for severe donor-recipient (DR) discordance. Findings showed that CLLT is a good option with comparable survival rate with lung transplantation for DR discordance....

  • Live liver donation, ethics and practitioners: 'I am between the two and if I do not feel comfortable about this situation, I cannot proceed'. Thomas, Elin H; Bramhall, Simon R; Herington, Jonathan; Draper, Heather // Journal of Medical Ethics;Mar2014, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p157 

    This paper discusses the views of 17 healthcare practitioners involved with transplantation on the ethics of live liver donations (LLDs). Donations between emotionally related donor and recipients (especially from parents to their children) increased the acceptability of an LLD compared with...

  • Titmuss revisited: from tax credits to markets. Taylor, James Stacey // Journal of Medical Ethics;Aug2012, Vol. 38 Issue 8, p461 

    Petersen and Lippert-Rasmussen argue that persons who decide to be organ donors should receive a tax break, and then defend their view against eight possible objections. However, they misunderstand the Titmuss-style concerns that might be raised against their proposal. This does not mean that it...

  • Ethics, organ donation and tax: a reply to Quigley and Taylor. Lippert-Rasmussen, Kasper; Petersen, Thomas Søbirk // Journal of Medical Ethics;Aug2012, Vol. 38 Issue 8, p463 

    A national opt-out system of post-mortem donation of scarce organs is preferable to an opt-in system. Unfortunately, the former system is not always feasible, and so in a recent JME article we canvassed the possibility of offering people a tax break for opting-in as a way of increasing the...

  • LIFE OUT OF DEATH. Moldofsky, Leora // Time International (South Pacific Edition);2/26/2001, Issue 8, p54 

    Focuses on organ donation in Australia, and efforts to increase the low national rate of donation. Examples of transplant recipients and donors; Role of family consent in allowing the harvesting of organs; Agencies which encourage people to donate organs and tissues; Why very few deaths yield...

  • Identifying the potential organ donor: an audit of hospital deaths. Opdam, Helen Ingrid; Silvester, William // Intensive Care Medicine;Jul2004, Vol. 30 Issue 7, p1390 

    Objective: To quantify the potential for organ donation in Victoria and identify missed opportunities for organ donation.Design and Setting: Prospective medical record audit of all deaths in 12 Victorian hospitals.Measurements: Data on deaths, total...

  • The United States Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (2006): New challenges to balancing patient rights and physician responsibilities. Verheijde, Joseph L.; Rady, Mohamed Y.; McGregor, Joan L. // Philosophy, Ethics & Humanities in Medicine;2007, Vol. 2, p19 

    Advance health care directives and informed consent remain the cornerstones of patients' right to self-determination regarding medical care and preferences at the end-of-life. However, the effectiveness and clinical applicability of advance health care directives to decision-making on the use of...

  • The Brain-Dead Organ Donor: A Missed Opportunity for Early Intervention. Danobeitia, Juan S. // Journal of Transplantation Techniques & Research;2012, Vol. 2 Issue 3, Special section p1 

    The author discusses the lack of attention given to the appropriate management of the heartbeating brain-dead organ donor. He criticizes the lack of clinical application of findings from therapy in animal models of brain death. He asserts that being brain-dead substantially impacts organ quality...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics