Time for Change: The Need for a Pragmatic Approach to Addressing Organ Shortage in the UK
Clinical Ethics, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 149-54
Posted: 9 Jun 2011
This paper 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 healthcare 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.
Keywords: organ donation, organ transplantation, ethics of organ donation, organ donation and transplantation in the UK
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