Increasing organ donation by increasing consent to donate

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When seeking consent for organ donations, in-person requests made to substitute decision-makers, with physician involvement, are more likely to result in a positive response, according to a study of organ donation in Ontario, Canada, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

“Optimization of the approach of potential organ donors to support consent decisions is critical to ensure patient wishes are respected and to remove any barriers to organ donation,” writes Dr. Jeffrey Singh, a critical care physician at the…

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