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Voluntariness in living-related organ donation


Biller-Andorno, N (2011). Voluntariness in living-related organ donation. Transplantation, 92(6):617-619.

Abstract

Living organ donation requires hurting one person-at least physically-to help another. This can be morally justifiable if certain ethical criteria are met, among them voluntary and informed consent. In the existing guidance, voluntariness is usually vaguely defined as the absence of coercion. This, however, is not enough as a basis for making well-considered decisions in individual cases. A comprehensive evaluation, procedural safeguards, and critical awareness of potential pitfalls can help establish the voluntariness of the donor's decision.

Living organ donation requires hurting one person-at least physically-to help another. This can be morally justifiable if certain ethical criteria are met, among them voluntary and informed consent. In the existing guidance, voluntariness is usually vaguely defined as the absence of coercion. This, however, is not enough as a basis for making well-considered decisions in individual cases. A comprehensive evaluation, procedural safeguards, and critical awareness of potential pitfalls can help establish the voluntariness of the donor's decision.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:10 Mar 2012 18:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:40
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
ISSN:0041-1337
Publisher DOI:10.1097/TP.0b013e3182279120
PubMed ID:21857542
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-60023

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