Winning hearts and minds: using psychology to promote voluntary organ donation

Farsides, Tom (2000) Winning hearts and minds: using psychology to promote voluntary organ donation. Health Care Analysis, 8 (2). pp. 101-121. ISSN 10653058

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Abstract

Recent psychological research concerning determinants of and barriers to organ donation is reviewed with the intention of ascertaining acceptable and potentially effective ways of improving organ retrieval. On the basis of this review, five recommendations are made. (1) Individuals' donation wishes, where explicit, should be decisive. (2) Next of kin should witness donor decisions. (3) Mandated choice should replace voluntary 'opting-in'. (4) Initial donation choices should be repeatedly re-evaluated. (5) Those involved in organ procurement should distance themselves from model of bodies as machines or gardens and embrace models where bodies are viewed as sacred extensions of self. In combination, these recommendations are argued to be preferable in several ways to opt-out/presumed consent procurement options.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Tom Farsides
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:33
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2013 16:17
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13201
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