Will the unusual become usual? A new legal change that aims to increase discussions around organ and tissue donation in England

JUNE JONES, Heena Khiroya*, Derek Willis, Adnan Sharif

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    Abstract

    UK guidelines recommend that discussions about organ and tissue donation are conducted as part of end-of-life care. However, there are several barriers to discussing organ donation, and this is reflected in a critical shortage of donors. This article explores who should start the conversation about donation and how all healthcare practitioners can maximise their communication skills to have success in this area. It is particularly pertinent to be upskilled in this area in light of the recent legal change in England, where the system moved from an opt-in to a ‘soft’ opt-out one. Based on a similar legal change that took place in Wales and global data, it is unlikely that the legal change alone will prompt an increase in donation rates in England. This article proposes suggestions to increase awareness and conversations among healthcare professionals and patients with education, public health campaigns and interventions rooted in psychological theory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)170-173
    Number of pages4
    JournalFuture Healthcare Journal
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    Early online date26 Mar 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2021

    Keywords

    • advanced care planning
    • end of life care
    • Communication skills
    • organ donation

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