The side effects of deemed consent: changing defaults in organ donation.
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4524544
Author(s) Shaw, David
Author(s) at UniBasel Shaw, David
Year 2019
Title The side effects of deemed consent: changing defaults in organ donation.
Journal Journal of Medical Ethics
Volume 45
Number 7
Pages / Article-Number 435-439
Abstract In this Current Controversy article, I describe and analyse the imminent move to a system of deemed consent for deceased organ donation in England and similar planned changes in Scotland, in light of evidence from Wales, where the system changed in 2015. Although the media has tended to focus on the potential benefits and ethical issues relating to the main change from an opt-in default to an opt-out one, other defaults will also change, while some will remain the same. Interaction of these other defaults with the principal one raise several ethical issues that may complicate efforts to use deemed consent to increase donation rates. Most significantly, changing the main default will have the effect of changing the default for patients' families, who play a vital role in the consent process.
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN/ISBN 0306-6800 ; 1473-4257
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1136/medethics-2019-105482
ISI-Number WOS:000482503500003
Document type (ISI) Article

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