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Gender imbalance in living organ donation


Biller-Andorno, Nikola (2002). Gender imbalance in living organ donation. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 5(2):199-204.

Abstract

Living organ donation has developed into an important therapeutic option in transplantation medicine. However, there are some medico-ethical problems that come along with the increasing reliance on this organ source. One of these concerns is based on the observation that many more women than men function as living organ donors. Whereas discrimination and differential access have been extensively discussed in the context of cadaveric transplantation and other areas of health care, the issue of gender imbalance in living organ donation has received less attention. This paper presents relevant data from the Eurotransplant and UNOS transplantation systems (1) and discusses possible explanations for the documented gender discrepancies. The conclusion calls for a review of existing practice guidelines in order to secure effective protection of particularly vulnerable potential donors and an equitable donor-recipient-ratio in living organ donation.

Abstract

Living organ donation has developed into an important therapeutic option in transplantation medicine. However, there are some medico-ethical problems that come along with the increasing reliance on this organ source. One of these concerns is based on the observation that many more women than men function as living organ donors. Whereas discrimination and differential access have been extensively discussed in the context of cadaveric transplantation and other areas of health care, the issue of gender imbalance in living organ donation has received less attention. This paper presents relevant data from the Eurotransplant and UNOS transplantation systems (1) and discusses possible explanations for the documented gender discrepancies. The conclusion calls for a review of existing practice guidelines in order to secure effective protection of particularly vulnerable potential donors and an equitable donor-recipient-ratio in living organ donation.

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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
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Health (social science)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Education
Health Sciences > Health Policy
Language:German
Date:2002
Deposited On:27 Apr 2020 11:26
Last Modified:31 Jul 2020 03:51
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1386-7423
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1023/a:1016053024671
PubMed ID:12168995

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