Logo Annals of Transplantation Logo Annals of Transplantation Logo Annals of Transplantation

01 January 2005

Public opinion and organ donation suggestions for overcoming barriers.

Félix Cantarovich

Ann Transplant 2005; 10(1): 22-25 :: ID: 142745

Abstract

Getting organs for transplantation depends on people's decision; thus,public opinion is essential to finding a solution to this problem. Efforts to improve organ shortagefocus on: 1) Living, unrelated donation, 2) increasing marginal donors and 3) proposing economic supportfor donors. Paradoxically, no initiative has been suggested to modify public opinion towards cadaverdonors. Several reasons explain the resistance to donating cadaver organs: Lack of awareness, religiousuncertainties, distrust of medicine, hostility to new ideas, and misinformation. Education should beused to reshape public opinion about the use of organs for transplantation. Society should accept that"using" body parts is moral and offers a source of health for everybody. The concept that using cadaverorgans implies sharing a source of health might be a social agreement between all members of Society.Suggestions for improving organ shortage include: 1) Society should understand that during one's lifeone may be just as easily a potential organ receiver as one is an organ donor. 2) Cadaver organs arean irreplaceable source of health. 3) As self-interest is one obstacle to donating cadaver organs, the"concept that allowing the use of our organs after death represents a chance of sharing health for everybody"may be useful for a change of attitude. Even though a poll among transplant professionals supported thissuggestion, an international public survey should be carried out to evaluate people's reaction to thismessage.

Add Comment 0 Comments

In Press

06 Feb 2024 : Case report  

Successful Sequential Liver and Isolated Intestine Transplantation for Mitochondrial Neurogastrointestinal ...

Ann Transplant In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AOT.941881  

12 Feb 2024 : Original article  

No Prognostic Impact of Graft-to-Recipient Weight Ratio on Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence Following Li...

Ann Transplant In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AOT.942767  

21 Feb 2024 : Original article  

Use of LCP-Tacrolimus (LCPT) in Kidney Transplantation: A Delphi Consensus Survey of Expert Clinicians

Ann Transplant In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AOT.943498  

Most Viewed Current Articles

05 Apr 2022 : Original article  

Impact of Statins on Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence After Living-Donor Liver Transplantation

DOI :10.12659/AOT.935604

Ann Transplant 2022; 27:e935604

12 Jan 2022 : Original article  

Risk Factors for Developing BK Virus-Associated Nephropathy: A Single-Center Retrospective Cohort Study of ...

DOI :10.12659/AOT.934738

Ann Transplant 2022; 27:e934738

22 Nov 2022 : Original article  

Long-Term Effects of Everolimus-Facilitated Tacrolimus Reduction in Living-Donor Liver Transplant Recipient...

DOI :10.12659/AOT.937988

Ann Transplant 2022; 27:e937988

15 Mar 2022 : Case report  

Combined Liver, Pancreas-Duodenum, and Kidney Transplantation for Patients with Hepatitis B Cirrhosis, Urem...

DOI :10.12659/AOT.935860

Ann Transplant 2022; 27:e935860

Your Privacy

We use cookies to ensure the functionality of our website, to personalize content and advertising, to provide social media features, and to analyze our traffic. If you allow us to do so, we also inform our social media, advertising and analysis partners about your use of our website, You can decise for yourself which categories you you want to deny or allow. Please note that based on your settings not all functionalities of the site are available. View our privacy policy.

Annals of Transplantation eISSN: 2329-0358
Annals of Transplantation eISSN: 2329-0358